1st Edition

Inclusion and Autism Neurodiverse Autistic First-Person Accounts

Edited By Santoshi Halder, Tim Goldstein, Dave Caudel Copyright 2025
    132 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    132 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book provides a fertile ground for having the collective voices of the autistic people to understand inclusion and the enigma of the autism spectrum from the neurodiverse lens. The book brings forth the first-person account of autistic adults and unravels various facts about autism spectrum disorder. It offers a fresh outlook on autistic adults, reflecting on inclusion, their challenges, and strengths presenting crucial elements for a successful inclusive model and the foundation of a robust and effective support delivery reinforcing the inclusion of autistic people in society. Through a range of neurodiverse voices, the book presents the world their unique perspectives. It offers valuable insights for future directions and strategic effective pathways stressing the need for a neuro-diverse lens and strength-based focus of support for manifestation and nurturance of abilities and strengths of people.

    Inclusive and incisive in its making, this book would be useful to the departments of Special Education, Psychology and Applied Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Public Health. It would also be an invaluable companion to special educators, in-service and prospective teachers, policy makers, parents, professionals from government and non-government departments, and researchers in the field of disability, diversity, and equity from around the world.



    1. Mapping inclusion through a neurodiverse lens: unraveling the paradoxes and valorising the strengths of the autism spectrum

    Santoshi Halder

    2. The Art of my Autistic life

    David Atkinson

    3. Autonomy and Inclusion

    Patrick Dwyer

    4. Small House and a Tall Fence: Women on the Spectrum and Sexual Predators

    Dana Vilker

    5. A Journey to becoming Autism Proud

    Kendal Nolan

    6. Determination

    Leah Rosenthal

    7. Neurodiversity Refined: The Neuro Cloud™ embraces all humans

    Tim Goldstein

    8. Accommodations Seeking Accommodations

    Rev. Stephanie E. H. Friant, M.Div.

    9. Reimagining the Working Self: The Impact of Adult Autism Diagnosis on a Career Woman

    Barrijean Walsh

    10. All My Hats

    Dave Caudel


    Santoshi Halder is a professor at the Department of Education, University of Calcutta, India. She is a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst (BACB, USA) and is a Special Educator licensure (Rehabilitation Council of India, RCI). She has been actively involved internationally and nationally in multifarious ways for the inclusion of people with diversities primarily through various academic and research endeavors since 2000.

    Tim Goldstein is a global trainer for a major tech company, a Neurodiverse Communications Specialist, an Emotional Speaking vocal coach, and on the board of the Autism Society of America, USA. He trains all employees neurotypical and neurodistinct how each other functions and strategies to communicate. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s at 54.

    David Caudel is the associate director of the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation at Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee, USA. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in 2009, Caudel is a neurodivergence advocate, speaking to a variety of organizations, including the U.N. and autism conferences internationally.