Asperger's Resources For Adults

Introduction

Herein are collected a number of books, blogs, articles, and websites that pertain to autism and Asperger's in adults. As this is still a growing field of research because it is only now dawning on people that autism doesn't magically disappear when we turn 18, I will periodically add on to this list as new resources become available.

Why no Autism Speaks?
 
You will probably notice that Autism Speaks is notably absent from this list. There are plenty of reasons for that - namely that they do not actually support autistic people's rights, have no autistic people on their board, and are actively trying to find a "cure," which would mean eradication of autistic people since there is nothing to be cured here. Autism is not a disease, and Autism Speaks's hateful, propagandist rhetoric is not advocating for us - it seeks to destroy us. Therefore, before we begin in earnest, here are a few resources on why Autism Speaks is not the best organization to support:
 Books and Print Resources

Look Me In The Eye
John Elder Robinson
Perhaps the best-known memoir pertaining to growing up with undiagnosed Asperger's, Look Me In The Eye is a wonderful in-depth look at life with Asperger's.

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome
Tony Attwood
Attwood is a clinical psychologist specializing in Asperger's syndrome, and he actually knows what he's talking about. He is notably one of the few autism experts who has extensive knowledge of women on the spectrum, which is especially important.

Pretending to Be Normal: Living With Asperger's Syndrome
Liane Holliday Willey
Both Willey and her daughter have Asperger's, and this memoir comes with an appendix filled with coping strategies and techniques to help those of us with Asperger's navigate a neurotypical world.

Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger's Syndrome
Rudy Simone
My personal Asperger's bible - this was the first book I found on the subject that actually sounded like it was about me, as I am very much female (despite my fashion sense and taste in hats). Rudy Simone guides the reader through everything from making friends to going to college - and even helps us meet the partners of our dreams if we're interested in dating! (I reread those dating chapters a lot since meeting men has always been a personal challenge for me.)

Asperger's and Girls
Tony Attwood, Temple Grandin, et al.
Nine experts in all contributed articles to this book, which is a reliable guidebook for women on the spectrum both as children and as adults. Temple Grandin is a successful autistic woman, and as mentioned above Attwood is a specialist in Asperger's whose research and work covers females on the spectrum more thoroughly than other experts.

The Snow Queen's Daughter: my life with Asperger's, a tale from the lost generation
Charli Devnet
Charli and I were co-workers at a historic site in the Hudson Valley (ironically, we always seemed to be the two people on duty on the busiest days!) and this list would not be complete without including her memoir on it. It's an excellent read about growing up undiagnosed, as many of us females on the spectrum do, and I cannot recommend it enough.

Coming Out Asperger: Diagnosis, Disclosure and Self-Confidence
Dinah Murray
Telling people that you're autistic isn't always the easiest thing to do, especially given the popular depictions of autism in the media and how they color the perceptions of the general public. This book helps you learn how to disclose to your peers that you're on the spectrum and also helps you build your self-confidence back up after you've been diagnosed. I wish I had this book five years ago when I got my diagnosis, but I didn't think to look for a book like this!

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
Steve Silberman
This book came out in 2015 and I absolutely loved reading it, although I had to keep taking breaks because it was pretty emotionally heavy for me. It more or less tells the story of the social history of autism, and as such it delves into some pretty dark places at times. It's very hopeful for our future, however, and I really hope people read this book and come away with a better understanding of who we are and what we can contribute to society and have contributed to the historical record. (For a great example from this book, we really helped invent fandom and make it what it is today. We're just very passionate people.) I can't recommend this book enough if you're interested in the history of being autistic, although do be warned - if you're on the spectrum, it does force you to confront the fact that if you were born into certain circumstances in a certain time you would have likely been institutionalized. How fortunate that we live when we do!

Websites

Autistic Self Advocacy Network
http://autisticadvocacy.org/
Exactly what it says on the tin. This is the official website for the ASAN, the largest self-advocacy organization for autistic adults (and people who aren't quite adults yet, too). Resources include links to local chapters, media, and instructions on how to get involved.

Autism Women's Network
http://autismwomensnetwork.org/
A phenomenal resource for women on the spectrum and those who care about them. It's even trans-inclusive, which is also important.

AUTCOM - The Autistic National Committee
http://www.autcom.org/
An organization founded in 1990 to promote social justice for people on the spectrum. AUTCOM is a great place to go for news and events and to help promote social inclusion.

Autism Network International
http://www.autreat.org/
ANI organizes a retreat and conference for autistic people every year called Autreat. It's by and for autistic people, so it's especially comfortable and safe for anyone on the spectrum to go! 

TASH - Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion for People with Disabilities 
http://tash.org/
TASH works towards the inclusion of disabled children and adults in their communities and is a great advocate of disability rights and services. 

ADAPT
http://www.adapt.org/
ADAPT is a grass-roots organization promoting social justice for people with disabilities. It has a list of actions both past and upcoming so if you're the protesting type you can actively join in.

Articles

The WorldCat subject heading 'Asperger's syndrome - diagnosis' is particularly helpful for articles, but many of them are scientific, focus on children, or both. 

Friendship, loneliness and depression in adolescents with Asperger's syndrome
Andrew J.O. Whitehouse, K. Durkin, Emma Jaquet, Kathryn Ziatas
Published in Journal of Adolescence, 32 (2), pp. 309-322. Accessible through WorldCat.

Real-life-type problem-solving in Asperger's syndrome
S. Channon, Tony Charman, J. Heap, S. Crawford, P. Rios
Published in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 31 (5), pp. 461-469. Accessible through WorldCat.

The curious incident of novels about Asperger's syndrome
Bill Greenwell
Published in Children's Literature in Education 35 (3), pp. 271-284. Accessible through WorldCat.

Evidence suggesting the existence of Asperger's syndrome in the mid-1800s
Ashley Kern Koegel
Published in Journal of Positive Behavior Intentions 10 (4), pp. 270-272. Accessible through WorldCat.

Blogs

The Caffeinated Autistic
http://thecaffeinatedautistic.wordpress.com/

Gretchen Leary | Aspie. Author. Advocate
http://gretchenleary.wordpress.com/

Look Me In The Eye: John Elder Robinson's Blog
http://jerobison.blogspot.com/

Postcards from the edge of the Spectrum
http://postcardsfromtheedgeofthespectrum.com/

There's also this blog itself, Asperger's Illustrated, so never be afraid to ask me to write a post on any topic related to autism! I'll be glad to answer your questions!

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