I am 34 years old and on the spectrum. Having worked with people with autism for almost a decade I have come to realise that there is a gap in the market for a book containing a true depiction of the amazing diversity of people on the spectrum through from childhood to old age. I am therefore currently putting together a book and this is where I need your help! I am looking for descriptions of daily life however mundane and personal thoughts. I want to show how diverse a population we are, struggles and achievements, jobs, relationships, marriage, having children, sexuality, dreams, things that make you angry, jealous, intensely happy, views on your passions in life etc....I need as many first hand accounts as possible. Each person's contribution will be roughly half an A4 page and will be completely anonymous. If you would like to be involved or know someone who you think might like to be involved please get in touch. Thank you!
It's an interesting idea, but of those of us who do manage to speak sometimes I think it would be hard to whittle our experience down to half a side of A4! Also, many/some of us do not have an official diagnosis, does that matter to you, it may allow discreditation of your proposed book and that is a whole can of worms by itself...
Ah yes thanks Spotty tortoise. It would need to be those of the community who are able to put down their thoughts either n paper or verbally so unfortunately some people may not be able to (or want to). People with a diagnosis or not are invited. It is really meant to be an exert from a day of your choice, what you did and your running thoughts through that day however mundane or exciting. I just feel there is not a lot out that that depicts typical days of those with autism through into middle age and beyond. I feel that having autism is just 1 component of each person's daily life and it will therefore be an exciting and diverse collection of days and thoughts from a diverse population. Hope that makes sense!
Hi This is a great idea, I'd like to be part of the book but would like to be anonymous. I'm not sure of what I'd like to write about but I could write about the positive experience, I've had being in a special needs residential college? and how important it was for me.
This is a really neat idea. I'd be happy to submit something.
Hello. Apologies for the awfully long delay in getting back to you. I just wondered if you were still interested in submitting to the book? Best wishes.
Good luck with it.
As there won't be any profit, royalties or recognition for me, I decline the offer to partake.
There's been no offer of a portion of it to NAS and no approval from NAS for this request either.
It's not for me, but good luck with it.
Ah of course, OK. I understand. Thanks for letting me know.
In reply to anonymous NAS35494!
Quite why you decided to reply to this thread is for you to decide? Were you asked directly? If you weren’t interested then maybe ignore it and move on like most have,390 views and only three replies all positive .
,I am sure profit or recognition is not the point of this book! I should imagine it is to help others on the spectrum and to give awareness to those not on the spectrum who want to learn more.
I see you expect profit or recognition if you contribute?
well may I remind you that every time you post on here regardless of it’s content,it is a free public forum for the whole world to see,
Maybe ask NAS if there is any payment for writing all of your experiences just to support them.
You are in fact doing exactly what you decline to do for this person. Only you chose to do it where thousands can see it,copy it, sell it if they wish,after all you are anonymous.
I wish you luck but have an opinion and my opinion is valid just as yours is.
Hi I think this is fantastic idea, I like the fact I can remain anonymous and tell my story to help others who are struggling to come to terms with who they are. I think you should be applauded for at least trying to do something which obviously has had a long lasting effect on yourself.
Livjng with autism is not easy as most non here will know, one of the biggest issues with nitbfitting in or feeling misunderstood is awareness by the majority. Anything that puts it out there that for the majority we who are autistic are kind warm hearted beings, although we struggle to always show that.
We are all different but I have only met kind people on here who have never judged me, never seemed to gain from me, just like minded folk looking for answers in life,
I wish you every success in this venture, being focused is what we do,but with that comes exhaustion and low days, keep going but take care of yourself too.
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