Produced in conjunction with Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), Australia’s largest provider of services with people on the autism spectrum, this new text explores the experiences, needs and aspirations of adults on the spectrum. The volume utilises the structure of a recent survey (the only one of its type in Australia and one of few conducted internationally) and presents data from the study with contributions from adults on the spectrum to illustrate the findings with first person accounts and case studies. By drawing on these unique experiences, this valuable resource is presented in a way that will be both engaging and accessible for a wide range of readers.
“The voices of the adults on the autism spectrum tell us that their support needs are disregarded because they do not fit into conventional structures. Their stories provide clues into how these structures may be altered to create a society that values diversity and provides support for all its citizens. After reading this book we will be able to act less in the dark; as it is indeed Shining a Light on the Autism Spectrum.”—Dr. Torbjorn Falkmer, program director, Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC); Professor of School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Curtin University in Western Australia.
“At last, a book fully representing life with autism; a golden opportunity to access understanding of life as a non-intellectually disabled autistic, with unexplained ‘issues.’ As professionals, families, and individuals on the spectrum look beyond the typical and explore life from the autistic view, they will connect to the reasons we do the things we do. Now, there is no excuse. This book is an overdue resource that will be your bible!”—Wenn B. Lawson, PhD, AFBPsS. MAPS., psychologist, University of Birmingham, UK; AutismCRC Australia.
“Achieving a perfect balance of research informing practice and real life examples of individuals on the autism spectrum, the authors shine a bright light on the current state of the experience of people with autism. In doing so they lead the way on suggesting what can be done to make fulfilling and productive life for those of us on the autism spectrum the rule rather than the exception. A must read for anyone wanting to gain greater understanding of how to best support individuals on the autism spectrum.”—Stephen M. Shore, Ed.D., internationally renowned professor of special education, author, consultant, and, individual on the autism spectrum.
Preface What is Autism? 1. Introduction and Overview 2. Physical and Mental Health 3. Education 4. Social and Community Connections 5. Employment 6. Independence and Daily Living 7. Future Focus: Experiences and Aspirations 8. Research Methods and Demographics Appendix 1 Appendix 2 Appendix 3 Appendix 4 Glossary References