Ever since my now-teenage son, Charlie was diagnosed with autism shortly after his second birthday in 1999, I have been thinking about writing a book about my husband Jim Fisher‘s and my life raising our boy. I started blogging about our “autism reality show” in June of 2005 with the hope that my accounts of our daily life with Charlie would be the foundation for such a book.
Nearly seven years later, I’ve blogged almost every day about our adventures with Charlie but I’m no longer sure about writing a book, or at least right now. Writing on a blog now called We Go With Him — originally it was titled My Son Has Autism and then Autismland — has led me to think that, for now, a daily online journal of our life with a teenage son on the moderate to severe end of the autism spectrum best represents his story. We’ve no idea what might happen in the long run or even every day: Life raising a son like Charlie is all about being ready for the unexpected, be it catastrophes or triumphs. What I’ve learned from seven years of blogging as the mother of an autistic son is, I just don’t yet know how to select from all of our experiences and put them between two covers.
April is Autism Awareness and Autism Acceptance Month. The former notion of “autism awareness” has existed for some time; the latter call for “autism acceptance,” for not seeking to cure or eliminate autism but to accept individuals with an autism spectrum diagnosis in their different ways of being and thinking — in their neurodiversity — is a different and important way of thinking about how to foster understanding about autistic persons and autism.
To start the month, here are four books about autism that I have read in the past year. The books I’m writing about are by parents of autistic children like myself. I have been fortunate to have met or been in contact with all of the authors, thanks in no small part to the internet which has been crucial in helping Jim and me to connect with a community of others with similar experiences to our own.
Photo of some of the author's books about autism.
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