Autism FAQ - Popular Attitudes and Entertainment

Autism has caught the popular fancy since it was identified. Given how rarely it occurs, it receives a lot of attention because people find it fascinating. There are a number of popular books written by autistic's parents etc. Also, there have been a number of movies and TV shows that portray autism.

Given the changes in views on autism as well as the fact that a lot of non-experts like to state their opinions on it, as well as the fascination of the subject, a large percentage of the general public has faulty and/or dated views of autism, its causes and cures. Some recent accurate portrayals in popular entertainment such as Rain Man. have helped this situation.

There are accounts & stories of autistics being cured. One must that the reported instances of cures are rare at best and it is not always clear that the person cured was originally autistic. Also there are accounts of people who are not autistic in the sense of "early infantile autism" but are either described in the account or in some reviews as "autistic", perhaps in reference to the more general, dictionary-definition of autism meaning "absorption in fantasy". Such accounts may be true-to-life and/or inspiring, but are portraying something else.

Given the relative rarity of autism, it gets a lot of attention. Often a lot of attention is given to the education of autistics perhaps because they show signs of potential if it could only be unlocked, and perhaps because the syndrome is naturally fascinating to people. In fact, there have been parents who tried to get their children classified as autistic specifically because the services provided by their school district are better for autistic children than for mentally retarted children. Given the relative rarity of autistic children, on the order of one in 1000, the fact that one in three children basically doesn't succeed in high school (either fails out, drops out, graduates without really achieving high-school-level learning, sometimes going into a life of unemployment, crime, etc), though autistic children deserve attention, the case is sometimes put forward that society in general is ignoring the big and boring problem in favor of the small but interesting one.


See also section below "Bibliography".


Annabel Stehli.
"Fighting for Georgie", Readers Digest (?). Article on same material as Annabel Stehli's book, The Sound of a Miracle.
Jacquelin Gorman.
"The Seeing Glass", Readers Digest (July 1997). Article on the same material as Jacquelin Gorman's book, The Seeing Glass.


If you read this on the web, the ISBN numbers are links to which might offer the book for sale.

Christina Adams.
A Real Boy: A True Story of Autism, Early Intervention, and Recovery (Berkley Trade, 2005). ISBN: 0425202437 (paperback, 336 pages). [autism,account]
Anne Addison.
One Small Starfish (Future Horizons, 2002). ISBN: 1885477872 (hardcover, 373 pages). [autism,aspergers,account,parent,adhd]
Charles A. Amenta, III.
Russell is Extra Special: A Book About Autism for Children (New York: Magination Press, 1992). Ages 4-8. A sensitive portrayal of an autistic boy written by his father. A physician, Amenta skillfully weaves relevant factual information about autism into his narrative using clear language that children will easily follow. A wonderful book for children. ISBN: 0945354444 (paperback); ISBN: 0945354436 (hardcover). [autism,account,children]
Margaret Anderson.
Tales from the Table: Five Accounts of Lovaas Intervention With Children on the Autistic Spectrum (Jessica Kingsley Pub, forthcoming). ISBN: 1843103060 (paperback, 160 pages, due 5/15/2006). [autism,account,behavioral]
Linda Andron, editor.
Our Journey Through High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome: A Roadmap (Jessica Kingsley Pub, 2001). Forewords by Tony Attwood and Liane Holliday Willey. ISBN: 1853029475 (paperback, 160 pages). [autism,aspergers,account]
Cindy N. Ariel, editor & Robert A. Naseef, editor.
Voices from the Spectrum: Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, People With Autism, And Professionals Share Their Wisdom (Jessica Kingsley Pub, forthcoming). ISBN: 1843107864 (paperback, 256 pages, due 2/15/2006). [autism,account,family]
Karen Armstrong.
The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness (Knopf, 2004). Karen Armstrong has written other books about religion. This is a memoir of some of her own soul searching. Included are some experiences helping take care of an autistic young man. ISBN: 0375413189 (hardcover, 336 pages); ISBN: 0007122284 (hardcover, HarperCollins, 2004); ISBN: 0385721277 (paperback, 336 pages, Anchor, 2005); ISBN: 1594150672 (large print paperback, 530 pages, Walker Large Print, 2005); ISBN: 0060594381 (abridged audio CD, HarperAudio, 2004); ISBN: 0060587040 (abridged audio cassette, HarperAudio, 2004). [autism,account]
Maxine Aston.
Aspergers in Love: Couple Relationships and Family Affairs (Jessica Kingsley, 2003). ISBN: 1843101157 (paperback, 232 pages). [autism,aspergers,adult,account]
Connie M. Aull.
Letting Go of Jason: A Young Man with Asperger's Syndrome and Bipolar Disorder (iUniverse, 2005). ISBN: 0595342132 (paperback, 108 pages). [autism,aspergers,disability,account]
Autism National Committee.
New Stories for a New Day. [autism,account]
Virginia Mae Axline.
Dibs in Search of Self (Ballantine, 1964). The author is associated with Play Therapy and wrote a book on the subject. The story is about Dibs who the book does not label autistic, but though the book describes him to be emotionally disturbed, the symptoms described include those associated with autism. ISBN: 0345339258 (paperback, 220 pages, reissue edition 1990). [autism,account,play]
A. Jean Ayres, Robert R. Erwin & Zoe Mailloux.
Love, Jean: Inspiration for Families Living with Dysfunction of Sensory Integration (Crestport Press, 2004). Excerpts from Jean Ayres' letters with commentary. ISBN: 097250981X (paperback, 150 pages). [autism,si,treatment,account]
Caspian Banki.
What Autism Means to Me (Lifelight Books, 2003). ISBN: 0974380105 (paperback, 40 pages). [autism,account]
Judy Barron & Sean Barron.
There's a Boy in Here (Chapmans, 1993). Sean Barron and his mother, Judy Barron report on their experiences with autism. Sean has autism. His is one of very few autobiographical accounts. And it gives unusual, exceptionally clear insights into the disability and its many manifestations. There is much in this book that supports what has been seen through facilitated communication. ISBN: 1885477864 (paperback, 279 pages, Future Horizons, 2002); ISBN: 0671761110 (264 pages, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992); ISBN: 0380722925 (paperback, Avon Books, 1992, reprint). [autism,account]
Dorothy Beavers.
Autism: Nightmare Without End (Ashley Books, 1981). ISBN: 0879491671 (hardcover). [autism,account]
Carolyn Betts.
Label Me Jeff (NSAC, 1979). [autism,account]
Carolyn Betts.
A Special Kind of Normal (Scribner, 1983). Revised version of Label Me Jeff. ISBN: 0684177781 . [autism,account]
Tom Billington.
Separating, Losing and Excluding Children: Narratives of Difference (Falmer Pr, 2000). ISBN: 0415230888 (hardcover, 192 pages); ISBN: 0415230896 (hardcover, 192 pages). [autism,account,se]
Jen Birch.
Congratulations! It's Asperger Syndrome (Jessica Kingsley, 2003). ISBN: 1843101122 (paperback, 270 pages). [autism,aspergers,account]
Lucy Blackman.
Lucy's Story: Autism and Other Adventures (Book In Hand, 1999). ISBN: 0646374087 ; ISBN: 1843100428 (paperback, 288 pages, Jessica Kingsley Pub, 2001). [autism,account]
Cherlene Brandl.
Facilitated Communication: Case Studies -- See Us Smart! (Ann Arbor, MI: Robbie Dean Press, 1999). [autism,fc,account]
Ellen A. Brantlinger, Susan M. Klein & Samuel L. Guskin.
Fighting for Darla : challenges for family care and professional responsibility : the case study of a pregnant adolescent with autism (New York: Teachers College Press, 1994). 161 pages. [autism,account]
John Brine & Patricia Brine.
Confusion, Loneliness, Depression: Asperger's Syndrome - A Journey (2000). [autism,aspergers,account]
Gary Brown.
Little Bubba's Not Ready for National Yet: Case Histories of Kids with Autism and Other Neuropsychological Disorders (2001). [autism,account]
Rhonda Brunett.
From Autism to All-Star (Specialty Publishing Company, 2004). ISBN: 0975519913 (electronic, 123 pages). [autism,account]
Jean Bryant.
The Opening Door (1993). ISBN: 0646158635 (paperback, 229 pages). [autism,account]
Howard Buten.
Through the Glass Wall: Journeys Into the Closed-Off Worlds of the Autistic (Bantam, 2004). ISBN: 0553803468 (hardcover, 192 pages); ISBN: 0553382322 (paperback, 192 pages, Bantam, due March 2005). [autism,account]
Mary Callahan.
Fighting for Tony (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987). Describes mother's experience dealing with her son's cerebral allergies & the son's dramatic improved after cow's milk was eliminated from his diet. ISBN: 0671632655 (172 pages); ISBN: 0671644564 . [autism,account,allergy]
Lindsley Cameron.
The Music of Light: The Extraordinary Story of Hikari and Kenzaburo Oe (Simon & Schuster, 1998). About the acclaimed autistic composer Hikari Oe, and his relationship with his father, the Nobel Prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe. To explain the title, "Hikari" means "light". See also Kenzaburo Oe's A Healing Family. Two CDs of Hikari Oe's music are available (Denon 78952 and Denon 78053). ISBN: 0684824094 (hardcover, 256 pages); ISBN: 0783802862 (hardcover, large print, 273 pages). [autism,account,disability]
Richard W. Carlson.
Poems and Short Stories About My Brother Kevin Who Has Autism: Entertainment for Boys and Girls Ages 6 to 10 (Writers Club Press, 2002). ISBN: 0595228453 (paperback, 128 pages). [autism,children,account,poetry]
Mary W. Carpenter.
Rescued by a Cow and a Squeeze (PublishAmerica, 2003). A book for children about Temple Grandin. ISBN: 1591298806 (paperback, 47 pages). [autism,account,children]
Denise M Carrier.
Chase of a Lifetime: A Journey through Therapeutic and Academic Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum (iUniverse, 2003). ISBN: 0595290337 (paperback, 304 pages). [autism,account]
Kathleen A. Chara, Paul J. Chara, Jr., Karston J. Chara, J. M. Berns & Angela Litzinger.
Allergy Busters: A Story for Children with Autism or Related Spectrum Disorders Struggling with Allergies (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2004). Aimed at ages 9-12. ISBN: 1843107821 (paperback, 61 pages). [autism,children,account]
Eric Y. Chen.
Autism & Self Improvement: My Journey to accept Planet Earth (Singapore: Kentrich Trade Press, 2007). ISBN: 9810589379 (paperback, 153 pages, ISBN-13:978-9810589370). [autism,account]
William Christopher & Barbara Christopher.
Mixed Blessings (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1989). 224 pages. TV's Father Mulcahy of M*A*S*H and his real-life family share the story of raising son, Ned, who has autism. The Christophers used the intensive and controversial Doman-Delacato techniques to educate and treat Ned at home. The book has a moving section on Ned's troubled adolescence, when he developed epilepsy and violent rages, and the family's search for a group residence that would fit Ned's needs. ISBN: 0380709996 ; ISBN: 0687270847 . [autism,account]
Paul Collins.
Not Even Wrong: Adventures in Autism (Bloomsbury USA, 2004). The 2005 version is titled Not Even Wrong : A Father's Journey into the Lost History of Autism. ISBN: 1582343675 (hardcover, 256 pages); ISBN: 1582344787 (paperback, 256 pages, Bloomsbury USA, 2005). [autism,account]
James Copeland.
For the Love of Ann (London: Arrow books, 1973). Based on the diary of Ann's father, Jack Hodges outlines how they helped Ann break free of her autistic world and join their world. People who object to aversives will not like the methods employed. ISBN: 0099071207 (155 pages); ISBN: 0727801511 (156 pages, London: Severn House, 1976, revised edition); ISBN: 0345253329 . [autism,account]
Mary Anne Coppola.
Through a Mother's Eyes: A View of Autism. 38 pages. [autism,account]
Sharon P. Cowhey.
Going Through the Motions: Coping With Autism (PublishAmerica, 2005). The author is autistic. ISBN: 1413763863 (paperback, 160 pages). [autism,account]
Eleanor Craig.
One, Two, Three ... The Story of Matt, A Feral Child (McGraw-Hill, 1978). Republished 1991. Presents a case history of a child who is variously described as autistic, schizophrenic, and retarded, who is rescued by the therapist author from his over-protective mother. It's unclear whether she believes that his mother caused all his problems or was merely exacerbating them. The book only reveals in very very small print that it's "a composite of a number of cases of the problems faced by the social service and medical profession in the diagnosis, treatment, and development of capabilities of such children" (i.e. this didn't actually take place). [autism,disability,psychoanalysis,account]
Eustacia Cutler.
Thorn in My Pocket: Temple Grandins Mother Tells The Family Story (Future Horizons, 2004). ISBN: 1932565167 (hardcover). [autism,account]
Richard Anthony D'Ambrosio.
No Language but a Cry (Doubleday, 1970). I saw this book categorized as "autistic children". In fact, it is about a child who doesn't speak because she's battered. ISBN: 0385053800 (hardcover). [autism,account]
Richard D'Ambrosio.
No language but a cry (New York: Dell Pub. Co., 1987). Copyright 1970. 314 pages. Account of treatment of a girl who was mute after severe abuse. It is clear she should not be classified as having autism as generally understood. ISBN: 0440364574 (paperback, Dell, 1979). [autism,account,psychoanalysis]
Bill Davis & Wendy Goldband Schunick.
Breaking Autism's Barriers: A Father's Story (Jessica Kingsley, 2001). ISBN: 1853029793 (paperback, 400 pages). [autism,account]
Janice DeBlois & Antonia Felix.
Some Kind of Genius : The Extraordinary Journey of Musical Savant Tony DeBlois (Rodale Books, 2005). ISBN: 1594862737 (hardcover, 256 pages). [autism,account]
Maud Deckmar.
My Son Fred: Living With Autism (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2004). Translated from Swedish I think. ISBN: 1843103125 (paperback, 224 pages). [autism,account]
Max Desorgher & Sandra Desorgher.
The Power of Exile: Autism, a journey to Recovery (InQuest Publishing, 2002). ISBN: 0620293659 (paperback, 204 pages). [autism,account,nutrition]
Maxine DeVilbiss.
Billy's Story: A 35-Year Journey with Autism I think the book was created 2000 or before. [autism,account]
Kathleen M. Dillon.
Living with Autism: The Parents' Stories (Boone, NC: Parkway, 1995). Discusses problems parents of children with autism often have to face (obtaining a diagnosis, confusion over labeling, unanswered questions of cause, grief and sorrow, trials of day-to-day living, trying to get adequate treatment, stresses on the family, uncertain long range forecast, and social stigma) and ways parents have found to survive and transcend these challenges. These issues are then illustrated with 6 case studies of children ranging in age from 6 to 22 years old and exhibiting a wide range of abilities and needs. ISBN: 0963575279 (235 pages). [autism,account]
Nancy Douglas.
Freedom: Healing For Parents of Disabled Children (forthcoming). Due Spring 2008, [[]] [autism,account]
Martha Kate Downey, ed.
Tap Dancing in the Night (Phat Art 4). Book on CD: stories, poems, and art relating to people with Aspergers. Aimed at readers aged 7-16. [autism,aspergers,account,children]
David Eastham.
Understand (Oliver Pate, 1985). 56 pages. A book of poetry developed by a student labeled autistic who uses facilitated communication to express his ideas. His poetry gives insight into the experiences of people labeled autistic. The author was the subject of the book Silent Words. [autism,poetry,fc]
Margaret Eastham & Anne Grice, ed.
Silent Words: The Story of David Eastham (Ottawa: Oliver Pate, 1992). Also 1990. 236 pages. A true story of the successful education of a non-verbal autistic person (David Eastham, author of Understand) and the techniques through which he learned to communicate. [autism,account,fc]
Stephen M. Edelson, ed & Bernard Rimland, ed.
Treating Autism: Parent Stories of Hope and Success (2003). paperback, 385 pages. [autism,account]
Joanna Edgar.
Love, Hope and Autism (National Autistic Society, 1999). ISBN: 1899280073 (paperback, 110 pages). [autism,account]
Lisa B. Elliott.
Embarrassed Often...Ashamed Never (Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2002). ISBN: 1931282129 (paperback, 148 pages). [autism,aspergers,account]
Peggie Everard.
Involuntary Strangers: Autism: The problems faced by parents (London: John Clare Books, 1980). Account by a parent; includes information about the founding of UK's National Autistic Society. ISBN: 0906549108 (hardcover, 240 pages). [autism,account]
Christin Fergus.
Dylan's Story: Overcoming Autism, A Childhood Epidemic (Mother Necessity, Inc., 2007). ISBN: 0979657903 (paperback, 272 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0979657900). [autism,account]
Barbara Fischkin.
Dan and Joe; A Young Man with Autism and His Life Coach Enter the Working World (forthcoming). Working title [autism,account]
Marc Fleisher.
Making Sense of the Unfeasible. [autism,account]
Echo R. Fling.
Eating an Artichoke: A Mother's Perspective on Asperger Syndrome (London: Jessica Kingsley, 2000). About her son, Jimmy. Foreword by Tony Attwood. ISBN: 1853027111 (paperback, 200 pages). [autism,aspergers,account]
Mark Frankland.
Freddie the Weaver: The Boy Who Fought To Join The World (London: Sinclair-Stevenson, 1995). The story of a mother's fight for her adopted son who turned out to have autism; and of that child's fight to master his disability. ISBN: 1856192466 (hardcover, 244 pages). [autism,account]
Ray Gallup.
Eric's Story: Autism and the Autoimmune Connection [autism,vaccine,account]
William Garrison.
Small Bargains: Children in Crisis and the Meaning of Parental Love (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993). Describes the responses of parents to having a disabled, ill, or in any way "different" child. One of the chapters features a boy with Asperger's syndrome. ISBN: 0671786806 . [autism,account,disability]
Zachary M. Gartenberg & Jerry Gay, photographer.
Mori's Story: A Book About a Boy with Autism (Lerner Pubns Co, 1999). Ages 4-8. Zachary Gartenberg wrote this book while in elementary school about his autistic brother. ISBN: 0822525852 (hardcover, 32 pages). [autism,account,children]
Geneva Centre.
You Don't Have the Words To Describe What I Experience! The Sensory Experiences of Individuals With Autism Based on First-Hand Accounts (The Geneva Centre). $8.00 for book, $10.00 for tape. (For the publication: write The Geneva Centre, 111 Merton St., 4th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M4S 3A7. Phone 416-322-7877. For the tape write: Audio Archives International, Inc., 100 W. Beaver Creek Rd, Unit 18, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 1H4. Phone 905-889-8555 x 22. The tape costs $10.00 plus $4.00 mailing and handling. The booklet costs $8.00. Tape # 941027-130 My Senses Are All Messed Up: Sensory Perception and Autism.) [autism,account]
Elizabeth King Gerlach.
Just This Side of Normal: Glimpses of a Life with Autism (Four Leaf Press, 1999). ISBN: 0963757849 (hardcover). [autism,account]
Gunilla Gerland.
Een echt mens. Gunilla Gerland's book translated into dutch. [autism,account,dutch]
Gunilla Gerland.
En riktig maenniska (1996). Gunilla Gerland is an autistic person in Sweden who spoke at the Autism Conference in Sweden, March 14-15, 1996. See english translation, A Real Person: Life on the Outside. [autism,account,swedish]
Gunilla Gerland.
A Real Person: Life on the Outside (London: Souvenir Press, 1997). English translation by Joan Tate of Gunilla's Swedish book, En riktig maenniska. Reader: really recommended. ISBN: 0285633988 (hardcover, 254 pages). [autism,account]
Norman S. Giddan & Jane J. Giddan.
Autistic Adults at Bittersweet Farm (New York: Haworth Press, 1990). About autistic adults running/owning a farm near Toledo, Ohio. ISBN: 1560240571 (paperback, 212 pages); ISBN: 1560240423 (hardcover, 212 pages, 1991). [autism,account,adult]
Penny Rosell Giesbrecht.
Where is God when a Child Suffers? (Hannibal Books, 1988). ISBN: 0929292022 (paperback, 180 pages). [autism,account,religious]
R. Wayne Gilpin, editor.
Much More Laughing and Loving with Autism (Future Horizons, 2002). Third in series. ISBN: 1885477783 (paperback, 88 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1885477781). [autism,account]
R. Wayne Gilpin, ed.
Laughing and Loving with Autism: A Collection of 'Real Life' Warm & Humorous Stories (Future Horizons, 1993). 126 pages. Short vignettes about persons with autism. ISBN: 188547704X (paperback). [autism,account]
R. Wayne Gilpin, ed.
More Laughing and Loving with Autism (1993). Second in series. ISBN: 1885477120 (108 pages, Future Horizons, 1994). [autism,account]
Robin Goffe.
I Don't Want to be Ty. 6337 Highland Drive, Suite 135; Salt Lake City, UT 84121 [autism,vaccine,account]
Jacquelin Gorman.
The Seeing Glass: A Memoir (Riverhead Books, 1997). Memoir of a woman with sight problems. In the memoir is some account of her autisic brother, Robin, who died in an accident at age 31, and the evidence that he had some similar sight problems. ISBN: 1573220612 (hardcover, 255 pages); ISBN: 1573226793 (paperback, 272 pages, 1998); ISBN: 1574531859 (cassette, abridged, Audio Literature, 1997). [autism,account,disability]
Temple Grandin.
The Learning Style of People with Autism: An Autobiography. [autism,account]
Temple Grandin.
Thinking in Pictures: and Other Reports of my Life with Autism (New York: Bantam, 1995). Not really an account of Temple's life so much as her explanation of autism, particularly her own, citing examples from her own life and others she has talked to and read. It also discusses education and treatment. One reader calls it terrific: better than Emergence.... ISBN: 0385477929 (hardcover, 222 pages, Doubleday, 1995); ISBN: 0679772898 (paperback, 222 pages, Vintage edition, 1996); ISBN: 0307275655 (paperback, 304 pages, Vintage, 2006, ISBN-13: 978-0307275653). [autism,account]
Temple Grandin & Margaret M. Scariano.
Emergence: Labeled Autistic (Navato, California: Arena Press, 1986). Since updated in 1991. This is an autobiographical book by Temple Grandin, with Margaret Scariano. It offers insight into the frustrations that people labeled autistic have during the time they are trying to develop an ability to communicate. This is considered a rare autobiographical account in as much as the majority of the people with autism have not developed such sophisticated communication abilities. Very highly recommended by a number of readers. ISBN: 0878795243 (paperback, 183 pages); ISBN: 0710400632 (Costello, 1986). [autism,account]
Temple Grandin & Margaret M. Scariano.
Emergence: Labeled Autistic (Navato, California: Arena Press, 1991). Updated references. ISBN: 0446671827 (paperback, 180 pages, Warner Books, 1996). [autism,account]
Phyllis J. D. Green & Patricia M. Apple.
Spinning Straw: The Jeff Apple Story (Diverse City Press, 1999). ISBN: 1896230148 (paperback, 196 pages). [autism,account]
Josh Greenfield.
A Child Called Noah: A Family Journey (Holt, Reinhart, & Winston, 1972). I think its out of print. Also 1979 printing by Pocket Books. (Continued by A Place for Noah). 190 pages. About Noah Jiro Greenfield, born 1966. ISBN: 0446761990 ; ISBN: 0671826514 ; ISBN: 0156168626 ; ISBN: 0030913845 . [autism,account]
Josh Greenfield.
A client called Noah: a family journey continued (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986). ISBN: 0805000852 ; ISBN: 0156181681 (Harcourt Brace, 1987, 371 pages). [autism,account]
Josh Greenfield.
A Place for Noah (Holt, Reinhart, & Winston, 1978). Minireview: Greenfield's "Noah" books are about the "worst case scenario", parents left with no resources and no support in dealing with an autistic child. This shows the havoc caused by a child never taught. ISBN: 003089896X (hardcover, 310 pages); ISBN: 0671826506 (paperback, Pocket, 1979); ISBN: 0671419099 (paperback, 302 pages, Pocket, 1980); ISBN: 0156720000 (paperback, 310 pages, Harcourt, 1989). [autism,account]
Roy Richard Grinker.
Unstrange Minds (New York: Basic Books, 2007). Reader: draws together interesting and informative perspectives. ISBN: 0465027636 (hardcover, 340 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0-465-02763-7). [autism,account]
Magdalena Grodzka, ed.
Crying Without Tears: Letters From Parents of Autistic Children (1995). Paperback, 254 pages [autism,account]
Will Hadcroft.
The Feeling's Unmutual: Growing Up With Asperger Syndrome (Undiagnosed) (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2004). ISBN: 1843102641 (paperback, 236 pages). [autism,aspergers,account]
Kenneth Hall.
Asperger Syndrome, the Universe and Everything (London: Jessica Kingsley, 2000). Forewords by Ken P. Kerr and Gill Rowley. The author has Asperger Syndrome. ISBN: 1853029300 (112 pages). [autism,aspergers,account]
Erika Hammerschmidt.
Born on the Wrong Planet (2004). [autism,aspergers,account]
Kelly Harland.
A Will of His Own: Reflections on Parenting a Child With Autism (Woodbine House, 2002). ISBN: 1890627194 (paperback, 160 pages). [autism,account]
Kathie Harrington.
For Parents and Professionals: Autism in Adolescents & Adults (LinguiSystems, Inc., 1998). 196 pages. Author is a speech pathologist with a now-grown autistic son. [autism,account,se,parent]
Charles A. Hart.
Without Reason: A family copes with Two Generations of Autism (New York: Harper & Row, 1989). Written by a man who had an autistic brother and (in the '70s) an autistic son. Reader: inspiring, readable, intelligent. Reader: good account to be read by teen siblings because it describes a sibling's experience. ISBN: 0451169409 ; ISBN: 0060161434 (292 pages); ISBN: 1885477694 (292 pages, Future Horizons). [autism,account,family]
Torey L. Hayden.
One Child (Avon, 1995). Teacher's account of troubled student. I've seen a synopsis of the book that labels the child autistic. The Tiger's Child is a sequel. ISBN: 0380542625 (paperback, 221 pages); ISBN: 0808511394 (1999). [autism,account]
Torey L. Hayden.
The Tiger's Child (Avon, 1995). Sequel to author's One Child. ISBN: 0025491504 (hardcover, 256 pages); ISBN: 0380725444 (paperback, Avon, 1996); ISBN: 0785797416 (Econo-Clad Books, 1999). [autism,account]
Beate Hermelin.
Bright Splinters of the Mind: A Personal Story of Research with Autistic Savant (Jessica Kingsley Pub, 2001). ISBN: 1853029319 (hardcover, 176 pages); ISBN: 1853029327 (paperback, 176 pages). [autism,account]
Ann Hewetson.
Laughter And Tears: A Family's Journey To Understanding The Autism Spectrum (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005). ISBN: 1843103311 (paperback, 240 pages). [autism,account]
Bronwen Hocking.
Little Boy Lost (London: Bloomsbury, 1990). Reader: A desperately depressing book in which the author explains how her son's autism is all her fault for not loving him enough, and how psychotherapy is his only hope. ISBN: 0747507007 (hardcover, 224 pages); ISBN: 0747509557 (paperback, 224 pages, 1991). [autism,account,psychoanalysis]
Olga Holland.
The Dragons of Autism: Autism as a Source of Wisdom (Jessica Kingsley, 2002). ISBN: 1843107414 (paperback, 201 pages). [autism,parent,account]
Rab A. Houston & Uta Frith.
Autism in History: The Case of Hugh Blair of Borgue C. 1708-1765 (Blackwell Pub, 2000). Examination of Hugh Blair, eighteenth century Scottish landowner who appears to have been autistic. ISBN: 0631220887 (hardcover, 224 pages); ISBN: 0631220895 (paperback, 224 pages). [autism,account]
Robert Hughes.
Running with Walker: A Memoir (Jessica Kingsley, 2003). ISBN: 1843107554 (paperback, 240 pages). [autism,account]
Joan Martin Hundley.
The Small Outsider; The Story of an Autistic Child (Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1971). 150 pages. Also London, 1972, 150 pages. An account by a parent about her son; also has interesting descriptions of other autistic children. ISBN: 0345234928 ; ISBN: 0207121931 . [autism,account]
Fran Hunnisett.
The Little Class with the Big Personality: Experiences of Teaching A Class of Young Children with Autism (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005). ISBN: 1843103087 (paperback, 152 pages). [autism,account,se]
David Hunter.
Planet Autism (David Hunter Publications). Hilarious in a warped way. [autism,account]
Jean-Marc Gaspard Itard.
The Wild Boy of Aveyron (Appleton-Century-Crofts. Meridith Pub. Co., 1962). Part of the series Century Psychology. Reports on Victor, a boy found in a village in the early 1800's. Some have speculated, from descriptions, that he was autistic. A movie of the story is L'enfant Sauvage (The Wild Child). (Also saw it listed as New York: Century, 1932). ISBN: 0139594949 . [autism,account]
Portia Iverson.
Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism (Riverhead Books, 2006). Founder of Cure Autism Now's account of her own son as well as another autistic boy in India. ISBN: 1573223115 (hardcover, 416 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1573223119). [autism,account]
Luke Jackson & Tony Attwood.
Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence (London: Jessica Kingsley Pub, 2002). Luke Jackson is a thirteen-year-old boy with Asperger's. ISBN: 1843100983 (paperback, 240 pages). [autism,aspergers,adolescent,account,parent]
Luke Jackson & Marilyn Le Breton.
A User Guide to the GF/CF Diet for Autism, Asperger Syndrome and AD/HD (Jessica Kingsley, 2001). ISBN: 184310055X (paperback, 169 pages). [autism,disability,nutrition,allergy,account]
Barbara Jacobs.
Loving Mr. Spock: A Different Kind Of Love (Michael Joseph, 2003). Or Penguin. ISBN: 0718146425 (paperback, 352 pages); ISBN: 1932565205 (paperback, Future Horizons, 2004, called Loving Mr. Spock: Understanding an Aloof Lover: Could It Be Asperger's?). [autism,aspergers,account]
Carol Sue Johnson & Julia Crowder.
Autism: From Tragedy to Triumph (Boston: Branden Books, 1994). The story of Drew who recovered using Dr. Lovaas's UCLA program. Foreword by Ivar Lovaas. ISBN: 0828319650 (paperback, 187 pages). [autism,account,behavioral]
Ranae Johnson.
Winter's Flower (RainTree, 1992). About the author's autistic son, Kelton. ISBN: 096315060X (paperback). [autism,account]
Sandra O. Johnson & Max Desorgher.
Sara's Story - the adoption of an autistic child (1997). About Sara's Diet. [autism,nutrition,account]
Therese Jolliffe, Richard Lansdown & Clive Robinson.
Autism: A Personal Account (The National Autism Society, 1992). Reprinted article from Communication. Reader: brilliant first-person account. Therese Jolliffe is an autistic person with a PhD for research into autism. [autism,reprint,account]
Karin Stensland Junker.
The Child In The Glass Ball (New York: Abingdon Press, 1964). Translated by Gustaf Lannestock. Account of the author's two disabled children, one of whom, her daughter Boel, has autism. [autism,account]
Paul Karasik & Judy Karasik.
The Ride Together: A Brother and Sister's Memoir of Autism in the Family (Washington Square, 2003). ISBN: 0743423364 (hardcover, 208 pages). [autism,account,family]
Barry Neil Kaufman.
A miracle to believe in (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1981). The entire book is online. ISBN: 0449201082 (Fawcett Crest/Ballantine, 313 pages). [autism,account]
Barry Neil Kaufman.
Son-Rise (New York: Harper & Row, 1976). A father's account. About Raun Kahlil Kaufman. No longer in print. ISBN: 0060122765 (hardcover, 153 pages); ISBN: 0446921106 (paperback, Warner, 1979); ISBN: 0446893471 (paperback, 221 pages, Warner, 1997). [autism,account]
Barry Neil Kaufman.
To love is to be happy with: the miracle of one autistic child (London: Souvenir Press, 1976). About Option Process. LOC implies this is British edition of Son Rise. ISBN: 0285648268 (153 pages); ISBN: 0285648276 ; ISBN: 0698107799 (285 pages, Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, New York, 1977); ISBN: 0449211193 (reissue edition, 1994, Fawcett Books, paperback). [autism,account]
Barry Neil Kaufman & Samarhia Lyte Kaufman.
Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues (Kramer, 1994?). Update of Son-Rise including introduction by their once-autistic son. Also covers five other families who have used the Son-Rise program for their special children. ISBN: 0915811537 (hardcover, 347 pages); ISBN: 0915811618 (paperback, 347 pages). [autism,account]
Theresa S. Kearns & Curtis J. Jones.
A Family Affair: Thoughts Flowing From The Soul, A Mother & Son's Poetic Vessel (Media Publishing, 2005). ISBN: 1597440205 (paperback). [autism,aspergers,account,poetry]
Beth Kephart.
A Slant of Sun: One Child's Courage (W.W. Norton, 1998). Account of the author's son, Jeremy, who was diagnosed PDD-NOS. Finalist for 1998 National Book Award in nonfiction category; chosen as one of the best books of 1998 by both Salon Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer; and won the author a 1998 Leeway Grant for Nonfiction. ISBN: 0393027422 (hardcover, 256 pages); ISBN: 0688172288 (paperback, 256 pages, Quill, 1999); ISBN: 1574901931 (hardcover, large print, Thomas T. Beeler). [autism,account,pdd]
Florence Milnes Kozak.
Autistic Children: A Working Diary (Pittsburgh, Pa.: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1986). Part of the series Contemporary community health. Describes the author's work with autistic children, using first a psychoanalytic approach, then a behavioral one. ISBN: 0822953838 (paperback, 172 pages). [autism,account,psychoanalysis,behavioral]
Phyllis Haywood Lambert.
Turning Every Stone: Autism with love - A Mother's Journal (Whispering Pines, NC: Scots Plaid Press, 1990). Part of the series Scots Plaid Press non-fiction. ISBN: 096247374X (paperback, 81 pages). [autism,account]
Amy L. Lansky.
Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy (R.L.Ranch Press, 2003). ISBN: 0972751408 (paperback, 320 pages). [autism,account]
Barbara LaSalle.
Finding Ben: A Mother's Journey Through the Maze of Asperger's (McGraw-Hill, 2003). ISBN: 007140225X (hardcover, 256 pages); ISBN: 0071431942 (paperback, 304 pages, McGraw-Hill, 2004). [autism,aspergers,account]
Wendy Lawson.
Life Behind Glass: A Personal Account of Autism Spectrum Disorder (Southern Cross University Press, 1998). A first-person account of AS. The author was diagnosed to have an autism-spectrum disorder after she became an adult. ISBN: 1875855319 ; ISBN: 1853029114 (paperback, 128 pages, Jessica Kingsley Pub, 2000). [autism,aspergers,account]
Norm Ledgin.
Asperger's and Self-Esteem: Insight and Hope through Famous Role Models (Future Horizons, 2002). ISBN: 1885477856 (hardcover, 208 pages). [autism,account]
Norm Ledgin.
Diagnosing Jefferson (Future Horizons, 2000). ISBN: 1885477600 (hardcover, 254 pages). [autism,aspergers,account]
Rosine Lefort & Robert Lefort.
Birth of the Other (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994). 357 pages. Marc Du Ry, Lindsay Watson, and Leonardo Rodriguez translators. Original title: Naissance de l'autre. ISBN: 0252019008 (hardcover, 1994); ISBN: 0252063937 (paperback, 1994). [autism,account,psychoanalysis]
Keli Lindelien.
Gift from My Son: Autism Redefined (Hampton Roads Publishing, 2004). ISBN: 157174391X (paperback, 169 pages). [autism,account]
Juli Liske.
In the Eye of the Hurricane (Spiritbuilding Publishing, forthcoming). Due October 1, 2006 [autism,account,behavioral]
Ann Lovell.
In A Summer Garment: The Experience of an Autistic Child (London: Secker and Warburg, 1978). Also Lion, 1985. This is a newer title of Simple Simon: the story of an autistic boy. The story of how Mrs Lovell brought up her son, Simon, who is autistic, during the sixties, in South England. Before he went to a National Autistic Society school, she taught him using a variety of methods - Doman's strategy for reading/leaning words (with large flash cards), music, horse riding etc., many of which anticipated some of today's educational practices for handicapped children. ISBN: 0436260557 . [autism,account]
Ann Lovell.
Simple Simon: The Story of an Autistic Boy (1978). Earlier title of In a Summer Garment: The Experience of an Autistic Child. ISBN: 0867604131 (Lion Publishing Corp, 1983). [autism,account]
Judy Lynne.
Autism: Heartfelt Thoughts from Mothers (Autism Enhancement Publications, 2005). ISBN: 1883175089 (214 pages). [autism,account]
Russell Martin.
Out of Silence: a Journey into Language (New York: Henry Holt, 1994). The author attributes his nephew's autism to pertussis inoculation, describes the physiology of language development and details how the child learned to communicate through facilitated communication. Also called Out of Silence: An Autistic Boy's Journey into Language and Communication ISBN: 112161826X (Henry Holt); ISBN: 0805019987 ; ISBN: 0140247017 (Penguin Books, 1995). [autism,account,fc]
Catherine Maurice.
Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family's Triumph over Autism (New York: Fawcett Columbia, 1993). Also Knopf. Mother's account of using the Lovaas's Behavior Modification method with her children. Also has comments on Holding Therapy. Includes a good description of the grieving process parents go through. This has also been highly recommended as a good book for a parent who is depressed over having an autistic child. ISBN: 0679408630 (hardcover, 371 pages, Knopf, 1993); ISBN: 0449906647 (paperback, 371 pages, 1994). [autism,account,behavioral,holding,treatment]
Jacques M. May.
A Physician Looks at Psychiatry (New York: The John Day Company, 1958). Hardcover, 189 pages. I've heard it was the first account of autistic children (twin sons) by a parent. [autism,account]
Patrick McCabe, Estelle McCabe & Jared McCabe.
Living and Loving with Asperger Syndrome: Family Viewpoints (London: Jessica Kingsley, 2003). ISBN: 1843107449 (paperback, 144 pages). [autism,aspergers,account]
Jenny McCarthy.
Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism (Dutton Adult, 2007). By the actress. ISBN: 0525950117 (hardcover, 224 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0525950110). [autism,account]
M. McCracken.
A Circle of Children: A Teacher's Dedication and Love (Lippincott, 1973). [autism,account]
Jane Taylor McDonnell & Paul McDonnell.
News From The Border: A Mother's Memoir of Her Autistic Son (New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1993). 376 pages. About Paul McDonnell, a high-functioning autistic person, who wrote an afterword. Reader: intelligent and sensitive account. Note: 0939394040 is an invalid ISBN that was used by Amazon for the book. I no longer find reference to that number, but believe the book had a 1993 and a 1997 edition, but cannot find a second valid ISBN. ISBN: 0395605741 (hardcover, 376 pages); ISBN: 0939394040 (paperback, Jane McDonnell 1997). [autism,account]
Jason J-Mac McElwain & Daniel Paisner.
The Game of My Life: A True Story Of Challenge, Triumph, and Growing Up Autistic (NAL Hardcover, 2008). Jason McElwain, who is autistic, played in a high school basketball game in which he gave an astonishing performance. ISBN: 0451223012 (hardcover, 256 pages). [autism,account]
Thomas A. McKean.
Light on the Horizon: A Deeper View from Inside the Autism Puzzle (Future Horizons, 1996). Sequel to Soon Will Come the Light. ISBN: 1885477260 (paperback, 95 pages). [autism,account]
Thomas A. McKean.
Soon Will Come The Light: A View From Inside the Autism Puzzle (Arlington, Texas: Future Education a.k.a. Future Horizons, 1994). Thomas McKean has autism and is a contributor to the AUTISM e-mail mailing list. AUTISM mailing list reader: he explains a lot of stuff we question every day on this list. ISBN: 9994393324 (paperback); ISBN: 1885477112 (paperback, 155 pages). [autism,account]
Sandra McPherson.
The Spaces Between Birds: Mother/Daughter Poems, 1967-1995 (Wesleyan University Press, 1996). Part of the series Wesleyan Poetry. Poems about author's relationship with her daughter, who has Asperger's. ISBN: 0819522279 (hardcover); ISBN: 0819522287 (paperback). [autism,poetry]
Desmond Meldrum.
The Asperger Experience (1999). The author has Asperger Syndrome [autism,aspergers,account]
Desmond Meldrum.
Coping with Asperger Syndrome (1997). The author has Asperger Syndrome [autism,aspergers,account]
Desmond Meldrum.
Growing up with Asperger Syndrome (1994). The author has Asperger Syndrome [autism,aspergers,account]
Bryce Merlin.
Notes from Ohio (Lucky Press, 2005). I've seen this mentioned with autistic books but have not confirmed that it is about autism. The Amazon book description says the author is hearing impaired. In any case, it looks to provide an interesting look at the thoughts of a man suffering from a disability. ISBN: 0976057638 (paperback, 64 pages). [autism,account]
Donald J. Meyer, ed.
Uncommon Fathers: Reflections on Raising a Child with a Disability (Woodbine House, 1995). ISBN: 0933149689 (paperback, 206 pages). [autism,account,disability]
Naomi Meyer.
The Journey with Joshua: Educating My Autistic Child (Lakewood, NJ: Bristol, Rhein & Englander, 1994). 316 pages. Written under pseudonym. ISBN: 1560622563 (hardcover, 250 pages, CIS Communications). [autism,account]
Gerald Mialaret.
Dancing with Dragons: An Entire Family's Insights into a Disability (Future Horizons, 1996). Also Dancing with Dragons: A "Family" Challenges Autism ISBN: 1885477309 (paperback). [autism,account]
David Miedzianik.
My Autobiography (University of Nottingham Child Development Research Unit, 1986). US Publication: 1993 by Autism Society of NC. David Miedzianik is autistic. [autism,account]
David Miedzianik.
Now All I've Got Left Is Myself [autism,poetry]
David Miedzianik.
Taking the Load off my Mind [autism,poetry]
Alice Miller.
Breaking Down the Wall of Silence: The liberating experience of facing painful truth (Plume, 1997). Revised edition. Makes a mention of autism, but I think it is mostly about child abuse. ISBN: 0452011736 (paperback, 187 pages). [autism,account,psychoanalysis]
Jean Kearns Miller.
Women from Another Planet: Our Lives in the Universe of Autism (1stBooks Library, 2003). ISBN: 1410734315 (paperback, 292 pages). [autism,account]
Lurline Morphett.
Face to face (Adelaide: Education Department of South Australia, 1986). 184 pages. ISBN: 0724389806 . [autism,account]
Tito R. Mukhopadhyay.
Beyond the Silence: My Life, The World, and Autism (National Autistic Society, 2000). ISBN: 1899280316 (paperback, 112 pages). [autism,account]
Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay.
How Can I Talk If My Lips Don't Move: Inside My Autistic Mind (Arcade Publishing, 2008). ISBN: 155970859X (hardcover, 238 pages). [autism,account]
Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay.
The Mind Tree: A Miraculous Child Breaks the Silence of Autism (Arcade Books, 2003). ISBN: 1559706996 (hardcover, 168 pages). [autism,account]
Krishna Narayanan.
Wasted Talent: Musings of an Autistic (Vite Publishing, 2003). ISBN: 0970654138 (hardcover, 124 pages). [autism,account]
Robert A. Naseef.
Special Children, Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Raising a Child with a Disability (Birch Lane Press, 1997). Author is the father of an autistic boy. (1-800-447-BOOK) ISBN: 1559723777 (hardcover). [autism,disability,account]
Kamran Nazeer.
Send in the Idiots: Growing Up in Another World (Bloomsbury USA, 2006). ISBN: 1582346194 (hardcover, 224 pages, ISBN-13 978-1582346199); ISBN: 1582346208 (paperback, 240 pages, ISBN-13 978-1582346205). [autism,account]
Bobby Newman.
When Everybody Cares: Case Studies of ABA with People with Autism (AMAC, 1999). AMAC is the Association in Manhattan for Autistic Children, Inc. ISBN: 0966852818 (paperback, 129 pages, Dove and Orca). [autism,behavioral,account]
Bobby Newman, editor, Dana Reinecke, editor & Leo Newman, editor.
Words From Those Who Care: Further Case Studies of ABA with People with Autism (Dove and Orca, 2000). ISBN: 0966852826 (paperback, 200 pages). [autism,behavioral,account]
Jerry Newport, Mary Newport & Johnny Dodd.
Mozart and the Whale: An Asperger's Love Story (Touchstone, forthcoming). There was a book projected some time ago which I labeled Newport. ISBN: 074327282X (hardcover, 256 pages, due 6/1/2006). [autism,aspergers,account]
Jerry Newport, Mary Newport & David Weddle.
Newport (HarperCollins). Planned book: I'm not certain of the title. Account of Mary and Jerry's marriage. They are both autistic. Note: I'm not certain of Mary's last name. [autism,account]
Michael Newton.
Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children (Picador, 2004). Not truly a book about autism, but includes an account of Victor (e.g., Itard's The Wild Boy of Aveyron), and some such children have been described to have characteristics that suggest autism. ISBN: 0312423357 (paperback, 312 pages). [autism,account]
Jasmine Lee O'Neill.
Through the Eyes of Aliens: A Book about Autistic People (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1998). An autistic person's thoughts on autism. ISBN: 1853027103 (paperback, 144 pages). [autism,account]
Kenzaburo Oe.
A Healing Family (Kodansha International, 1996). Distributed by Farrar Strauss Giroux. Kenzaburo Oe is a Nobel Laureate who has written about his disabled son, Hikari Oe. Hikari Oe is autistic, epileptic, and mentally handicapped and his parents were told he would be a "vegetable"; he is severely handicapped but also a talented musical composer. Two CDs of Hikari Oe's music are available (Denon 78952 and Denon 78053). ISBN: 4770020481 (hardcover, 146 pages); ISBN: 4770027338 (paperback, 208 pages, 2001). [autism,disability,account]
Rosalind C. Oppenheim.
Effective teaching methods for autistic children (Springfield, Ill.: Charles C. Thomas, 1973). ISBN: 0398028583 (hardcover, 116 pages). [autism,se,account,fc]
Jennifer Overton.
Snapshots of Autism: A Family Album (Jessica Kingsley, 2003). ISBN: 1843107236 (paperback, 221 pages). [autism,account]
Tomas S. Page.
Caught Between Two Worlds: My Autistic Dilemma (2002). [autism,aspergers,account]
Valerie Paradiz.
Elijah's Cup: A Family's Journey into the Community and Culture of High-Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome (Free Press, 2002). ISBN: 074320445X (hardcover, 242 pages). [autism,aspergers,account]
Valerie Paradiz.
Elijah's Cup: A Family's Journey into the Community and Culture of High-Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome, revised edition (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005). ISBN: 184310802X (paperback, 235 pages). [autism,aspergers,account]
Clara Claiborne Park.
Exiting Nirvana: A Daughter's Life with Autism (Little Brown & Company, 2001). Foreword by Oliver Sacks. Continues the authors' story about her daughter. ISBN: 0316691178 (hardcover, 225 pages); ISBN: 0316691240 (paperback, 240 pages, Back Bay Books, 2002). [autism,account]
Clara Claiborne Park.
The Siege (Little & Brown, 1967). The first eight years of an autistic child, a mother's account. See edition with epilogue, below. ISBN: 1112233245 (New York: Harcourt, Brace & World 1967, 279 pages); ISBN: 0316690767 ; ISBN: 090067511X . [autism,account]
Clara Claiborne Park.
The Siege: The First Eight Years of an Autistic Child with an Epilogue, Fifteen Years Later (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1982). Includes updated bibliography, etc. ISBN: 0316690694 (reissue edition, Little Brown and Company, 1990, paperback, 330 pages). [autism,account]
Jessica Peers.
Asparagus Dreams (2003). [autism,aspergers,account]
Rachel Pinney, Mimi Schlachter & Anthea Courtenay.
Bobby: Breakthrough of a Special Child (New York: St. Martin's/Marek, 1983). Also Harvill Press, London, 1983. Treatment by a "non-directive" therapy approach, which since Bobby was a "wanderer" involved following him up and down in elevators and around the New York subway system. ISBN: 0070500924 (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1986, 250 pages); ISBN: 0312087314 . [autism,account]
Connie Post.
Letting Go (1989). Poetry. [autism,poetry]
Connie Post.
Seasons of Love, Seasons of Loss (1992). Poetry by woman who has a son with autism. [autism,poetry]
Carol Potter & Chris Whittaker.
Enabling Communication in Children with Autism (Jessica Kingsley Pub, 2001). ISBN: 1853029564 (paperback, 160 pages). [autism,se,account]
Stuart Powell, ed & Rita Jordan, ed.
Autism and Learning: A Guide to Good Practice (David Fulton, 1997). ISBN: 185346421X (paperback, 170 pages). [autism,account,se]
Marean J. Price.
Lord, why Not Me?: A Mother's Story of an Autistic Child (Rondelle Publishing Company). ISBN: 1883372003 (paperback, 104 pages). [autism,account]
Dawn Prince-Hughes.
Expecting Teryk: An Exceptional Path to Parenthood (Swallow Press, forthcoming). The author is autistic. ISBN: 080401079X (hardcover, 224 pages, due 10/15/05); ISBN: 0804010803 (paperback, 224 pages, due 10/15/05). [autism,account]
Dawn Prince-Hughes.
Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism (Harmony Books, 2004). The author is autistic. ISBN: 1400050588 (hardcover, 240 pages); ISBN: 1400082153 (paperback, 240 pages, Three Rivers Press, due March 2005). [autism,account]
Dawn Prince-Hughes, editor.
Aquamarine Blue 5: Personal Stories of College Students With Autism (Swallow Press, 2002). ISBN: 0804010536 (hardcover, 152 pages); ISBN: 0804010544 (paperback, 152 pages). [autism,account]
Kate Rankin.
Growing Up Severely Autistic: They Call Me Gabriel (Jessica Kingsely Pub, 2000). ISBN: 1853028916 (paperback, 176 pages). [autism,account]
Dan Reed.
Paid for the Privilege: Hearing the Voices of Autism (Madison, Wisconsin: DRI Press, 1996). 162 pages. [autism,account,fc]
K. B. Reish.
Matthew's Box (KBR Mutti's Publications). hardcover, 48 pages, [autism,children,account]
Adair Renning.
The Ultimate Treasure Hunt: Finding the Child Inside (1995). ISBN: 0964877309 (paperback, 281 pages, Future Horizons). [autism,account]
Adair Renning.
The Ultimate Treasure Hunt: Offering Hope to Parents of Children with Autism (Future Horizons). [autism,account]
Jesse Richard, Kathleen Jackson, Mary Urlich & Aaron Urlich.
First Hand: personal accounts of breakthroughs in Facilitated Communicating (Madison, Wisconsin: DRA Press, 1993). 55 pages. Three case studies. [autism,fc,account]
Wendy Robinson.
Gentle Giant: The Inspiring Story of an Autistic Child (Element Books, 1999). An account by a parent of her autistic son. ISBN: 1862043043 (paperback, 192 pages). [autism,account]
John Elder Robison.
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's hardcover: 304 pages (Crown, 2007). ISBN: 0307395987 (hardcover, 304 pages); ISBN: 0307396185 (paperback, 320 pages, Three Rivers Press, 2008). [autism,aspergers,account]
Adriana Rocha & Kristi Jorde.
A Child of Eternity: An Extraordinary Young Girl's Message from the World Beyond (Ballantine Books, 1995). Adriana is non-verbal and autistic and began using facilitated communication with her mother, Kristi, at age 9. Includes some unusual claims. ISBN: 034538945X (hardcover, 299 pages). [autism,account,fc]
Craig Romkema.
Embracing the Sky: Poems Beyond Disability (Jessica Kingsley, 2002). ISBN: 1843107287 (paperback, 80 pages). [autism,poetry,account]
Mira Rothenberg.
Children with emerald eyes: histories of extraordinary boys and girls (New York: Dial Press, 1977). About a third of the book concerns autism. ISBN: 1556434480 (paperback, 295 pages, North Atlantic Books, 2003); ISBN: 0671433806 ; ISBN: 0385270275 (Doubleday); ISBN: 0525482865 (E. P. Dutton). [autism,account,psychoanalysis]
Peter Rowlands.
The Fugitive mind; early development of an autistic child (London: Dent, 1972). 146 pages. Acount by a parent. ISBN: 0460078763 . [autism,account]
Susan Rubinyi.
Natural Genius: The Gifts of Asperger's Syndrome (Jessica Kingsley Pub, 2007). ISBN: 1843107848 (paperback, 120 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1843107842). [autism,aspergers,account]
Oliver Sacks.
An Anthropologist on Mars (1995). Book describing several people with neurological anomalies including autistic people. Includes some art by autistic artist. ISBN: 0679756973 (paperback, Vintage Books, 1996); ISBN: 0679439560 (audio cassette, Random House, 1995). [autism,account,disability]
Oliver Sacks.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat: And other Clinical Tales (1987). Includes one chapter on an autistic savant. ISBN: 0671554719 (hardcover, Summet Books, 1985); ISBN: 0684853949 (paperback, 243 pages, Touchstone Books, 1998); ISBN: 0844665290 (Peter Smith Pub, 1992); ISBN: 0060970790 (paperback, 256 pages, HarperCollins, 1987); ISBN: 0804511756 (audio cassette, Spoken Arts, 1987). [autism,disability,account]
Clare Sainsbury.
The Martian in the Playground: Understanding the Schoolchild with Asperger's Syndrome (Bristol: Lucky Duck Publishing Ltd., 2000). Selected in 2000 for UK's NASEN (National Association of Special Educational Needs) Academic Book Award. ISBN: 1873942087 . [autism,aspergers,account]
Robert S. Sanders, Jr..
On My Own Terms: My Journey with Asperger's (Armstrong Valley Publishing, 2004). ISBN: 1928798063 (184 pages). [autism,aspergers,account]
Robert S. Sanders, Jr..
Overcoming Asperger's: Personal Experience & Insight (Armstrong Valley Publishing, 2002). ISBN: 1928798055 (paperback, 168 pages). [autism,aspergers,account]
Aida E. Santiago.
Mi angel Gabriel mi angel autista (AuthorHouse, 2008). ISBN: 1434384365 (paperback, 128 pages). [autism,account,spanish]
Viki Satkiewicz-Grayhardt.
At Home with Autism: Three Families' Stories (Potential Unlimited Publishing). Paperback, 40 pages. Possibly a children's book. [autism,account]
Susanne Schaefer.
Sterne, aepfel und rundes glas (Verlag Freies Geisteleben). ISBN: 3772516793 . [autism,german,account]
Edgar Schneider.
Discovering my autism - Apologia pro vita sua (With apologies to Cardinal Newman) (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1999). A first-person account of high-functioning autism. ISBN: 1853027243 (paperback, 144 pages). [autism,account]
Edgar Schneider.
Living the Good Life with Autism (Jessica Kingsley, 2002). ISBN: 1843107120 (paperback, 224 pages). [autism,account]
Eric Schopler, ed & Gary B. Mesibov, ed.
High-functioning individuals with autism (New York: Plenum Press, 1992). Part of the series Current Issues in Autism. "Based on one of the TEACCH conferences held in Chapel Hill each May"--Pref. Recommended by at least one AUTISM-list participant as a good book on Asperger Syndrome. Includes some accounts. ISBN: 0306440644 (hardcover, 306 pages). [autism,proceedings,account,teacch,aspergers]
Craig B. Schulze.
When Snow Turns to Rain: One Family's Struggle to Solve the Riddle of Autism (Rockville, Md.: Woodbine House, 1993). About Craig's son Jordan Schulze. Includes accounts of the Options method and the Higashi school. Jordan had late-onset autism and is one of the children described in Robert Catalano's book When Autism Strikes: Families Cope With Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. ISBN: 0933149638 (paperback, 216 pages). [autism,account]
Cheryl D. Seifert & Charlene Breedlove, ed.
Case Studies in Autism: a young child and two adolescents (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1990). ISBN: 0819177229 (hardcover, 121 pages). [autism,account]
Lorna Selfe.
Nadia: a case of extraordinary drawing ability in an autistic child (London: Academic Press, 1977). Also New York. 137 pages. About a three year old girl with the ability to draw realistic pictures, who lost the ability when she started to talk at six. Includes examples of the pictures. ISBN: 0126357501 ; ISBN: 0156653206 . [autism,account]
Colleen Sell, editor.
A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism: Stories of Hope and Everyday Success (Adams Media Corporation, 2007). ISBN: 1593376839 (paperback, 322 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1593376833). [autism,account]
Birger Sellin.
I Don't Want to be Inside Me Anymore (New York: Basic Books, 1995). Anthea Bell's translation of the German book, ich will kein inmich mehr sein. ISBN: 0465031722 ; ISBN: 0465088880 (HarperCollins, 1996). [autism,account,fc]
Birger Sellin.
In dark hours I find my way: Messages from an autistic mind (London: Victor Gollancz, 1995). Translated by Anthea Bell. ISBN: 0575058021 (paperback, 240 pages, Orion, 1995). [autism,account]
Susan Senator.
Making Peace with Autism : One Family's Story of Struggle, Discovery, and Unexpected Gifts (Trumpeter, 2005). ISBN: 1590302443 (hardcover, 240 pages); ISBN: 1590303822 (paperback, 272 pages, Trumpeter, due 12/12/2006). [autism,account]
Karyn Seroussi.
Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder: A Mother's Story of Research and Recovery (Simon & Schuster, 2000). ISBN: 0684831643 (hardcover, 224 pages); ISBN: 0767907981 (paperback, 304 pages, Broadway Books, 2002). [autism,account,allergy]
Mary Sharp.
An Unexpected Joy: The Gift of Parenting a Challenging Child (Pinon Press, 2003). ISBN: 1576834611 (paperback, 128 pages). [autism,account]
Roger Shattuck & Jean-Marc Gaspard Itard.
The Forbidden Experiment: the Story of the Wild Boy of Aveyron. Reports on Victor, a boy found in a village in the early 1800's. Some have speculated, from descriptions, that he was autistic. See also The Wild Boy of Aveyron by Itard. ISBN: 1568360487 (paperback, 220 pages, Kodansha Globe, 1994). [autism,account]
Jean Shaw.
I'm Not Naughty - I'm Autistic: Jodi's Journey (Jessica Kingsley, 2002). A mother's account of her autistic son. ISBN: 184310105X (paperback, 128 pages). [autism,account]
Stephen Shore.
Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism (Autism Asperger Publishing Co, 2000). Autobiography. ISBN: 0967251486 (paperback, 174 pages); ISBN: 1931282005 (paperback, 174 pages, Autism Asperger Publishing Co, 2001); ISBN: 1931282196 (paperback, 242 pages, Autism Asperger Publishing Co, 2002). [autism,aspergers,account]
Karen Simmons, editor & Murray Hoke, editor.
The Autism Experience: Stories of Hope and Love (BookSurge Publishing, 2003). ISBN: 0972468242 (paperback, 366 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0972468244). [autism,account]
Wallis A. Simpson.
My Andrew: Day-to-Day Living with an ASD Child (iUniverse, 2004). ISBN: 0595331130 (paperback, 162 pages). [autism,account]
Liane Gentry Skye.
Turn Around, Bright Eyes - Snapshots from a Voyage Out of Autism's Silence (PageFree Publishing, 2002). ISBN: 1589610245 (paperback, 248 pages). [autism,account]
Gisela Slater-Walker & Christopher Slater-Walker.
An Asperger Marriage (Jessica Kingsley, 2002). ISBN: 1843100177 (paperback, 160 pages). [autism,aspergers,account,adult]
Marianne Smith.
Things Beyond Our Seeing (Green Apple Publishing). Woman describes the benefits of adjusting the her autistic son Oliver's diet. [autism,nutrition,account]
Virginia Walker Sperry & Sally Provence.
Fragile Success: Nine Autistic Children, Childhood to Adulthood (North Haven, Conn.: Archon Books, 1995). Traces their lives for over 25 years. See also 2nd Edition. ISBN: 0208024131 (hardcover, 234 pages). [autism,account]
Virginia Walker Sperry & Sally Provence.
Fragile Success: Nine Autistic Children, Childhood to Adulthood, 2nd Ed (Paul H. Brookes Pub Co., 2000). Traces their lives for over 30 years. ISBN: 1557664587 (paperback, 304 pages). [autism,account]
Patricia Stacey.
The Boy Who Loved Windows: Opening the Heart and Mind of a Child Threatened With Autism (Merloyd Lawrence Books, 2003). ISBN: 0738206660 (hardcover, 288 pages); ISBN: 073820966X (paperback, 300 pages, Da Capo Press, 2004). [autism,account]
Mike Stanton.
Learning to Live With High Functioning Autism: A Parent's Guide for Professionals (Jessica Kingsley Pub, 2000). Written by a parent with professionals in mind. ISBN: 1853029157 (paperback, 128 pages). [autism,aspergers,account]
Cathy Steere.
Too Wise To Be Mistaken, Too Good To Be Unkind: Christian Parents Contend With Autism (Grace and Truth Books, 2000). ISBN: 1930133006 (paperback, 192 pages); ISBN: 1930133030 (paperback, 253 pages, Grace and Truth Books, 2005). [autism,account,religious]
Annabel Stehli, ed.
Dancing in the Rain: Stories of Exceptional Progress by Parents of Children with Special Needs (Georgiana, 1995). Followup to The Sound of a Miracle: stories about families experiences with AIT. Not all the stories concern autism. Also tells what it is like to have super-sensitive hearing. ISBN: 0964483807 (paperback). [autism,account,ait]
Annabel Stehli.
The Sound of a Miracle, A Child's Triumph Over Autism (New York: Doubleday, 1991). Account of author's daughter Georgiana's astonishing recovery from autism after receiving Auditory Integration Training from Dr. Guy Berard, a physician in Annecy, France. Note the book is out in a second edition (below). ISBN: 0380717395 ; ISBN: 0385411405 (4th Estate, 1992, paperback). [autism,account,ait]
Annabel Stehli.
The Sound of a Miracle, A Child's Triumph Over Autism, 2nd edition (Gorgiana Organization Inc, 1997). ISBN: 0964483815 (paperback, 226 pages). [autism,account,ait]
William Stillman.
Demystifying the Autistic Experience: A Humanistic Introduction for Parents, Caregivers, and Educators (Jessica Kingsley, 2002). ISBN: 1843107260 (paperback, 144 pages). [autism,account]
Uwe Stuecher.
Tommy: a treatment study of an autistic child (Arlington, Va.: Council for Exceptional Children, 1972). 52 pages. Attempt to combine aversive-free behaviour modification techniques with relationship-building and play techniques to develop social interaction. ISBN: 0865860866 . [autism,account]
Connor Sullivan.
I Love My Brother: A Preschooler's View of Living With a Brother Who Has Autism (Phat Art 4 Publishing, 2001). Aimed at preschoolers. ISBN: 0970658117 (hardcover, 24 pages). [autism,aspergers,children,account]
Lynley Summers.
Autism is Not a Life Sentence: How One Family Took on Autism and WON! (Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2006). ISBN: 1931282889 (paperback, 203 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1931282888). [autism,account]
Daniel Tammet.
Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant (Free Press, 2007). ISBN: 1416549013 (paperback, 256 pages). [autism,aspergers,account]
David Tomlinson.
Luckier than Most (Hodder & Stoughton, 1992). Autobiography of the movie actor (Marry Poppins, etc), includes some account of his autistic son. ISBN: 0340534842 (hardcover). [autism,account]
Darold A. Treffert.
Extraordinary People: Understanding Savant Syndrome (New York: Harper and Row, 1989). This is not specifically about autism but is about savants, people with extraordinary abilities. Also called Extraordinary People: Understanding 'Idiot Savants'. ISBN: 0345365844 . [autism,account]
Ann P. Turnbull & H. Rutherford Turnbull, III.
Parents Speak Out: Views from the Other Side of the Two-Way Mirror (Columbus: C.E. Merrill, 1978). c1978. Story of her step-son Jay. ISBN: 0675010438 (paperback, 210 pages). [autism,account]
Glenn Vatter.
Billy, A family's experience with multiply disabled child (Jamesville, NY: Private printing, 1997). Billy has autism and Down syndrome. No ISBN. [autism,disability,account]
Peter Vermeulen.
Autistic Thinking--This Is the Title (Taylor & Francis Group, 2001). ISBN: 1853029955 (paperback). [autism,account,se]
Ljiljana Vuletic, Michel Ferrari & Teodor Mihail.
Transfer Boy: Perspectives on Asperger Syndrome (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005). ISBN: 1843102137 (paperback, 192 pages). [autism,aspergers,account]
Junee Waites & Helen Swinbourne.
Smiling at Shadows: A Mother's Journey Raising an Autistic Child (Ulysses Press, 2002). ISBN: 1569753237 (paperback, 253 pages). [autism,account]
Susan Stanhope Wexler.
The Story of Sandy (Bobbs-Merrill, 1955). I heard this mentioned as an account of autism, but am not sure. From an online review, I gather it has a lot to do with how Sandy was raised. There is a 1970 paperback edition. ISBN: 0451081021 (Signet, Revised edition 1957). [autism,account]
Thelma Wheatley.
Life on Hold: A Mother and Son's Journey Through Autism (2003). ISBN: 1894663330 (paperback, 272 pages). [autism,account]
Thelma Wheatley.
My Sad is All Gone: A Family's Triumph over Violent Autism (Lucky Press, 2004). ISBN: 0976057603 (paperback, 290 pages). [autism,account]
Kevin Whelan.
Izzy Baia (Marino Books, 1998). A carer's thoughts on autism. The author cared for Brian O'Connor, a 16-year-old with autism. ISBN: 186023075X (paperback, 80 pages). [autism,account]
Liane Holliday Willey.
Asperger Syndrome in the Family: Redefining Normal (London: Jessica Kingsley Pub, 2001). Amazon lists publisher as 'Taylor & Francis' ISBN: 1853028738 (paperback, 172 pages). [autism,aspergers,account]
Liane Holliday Willey.
Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome (London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1999). Foreword by Tony Attwood. ISBN: 1853027499 (paperback, 144 pages). [autism,aspergers,account]
Donna Williams.
Everyday Heaven: Journeys Beyond the Stereotypes of Autism (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2004). ISBN: 1843102110 (paperback, 224 pages). [autism,account]
Donna Williams.
Like Color to the Blind: Soul Searching and Soul Finding (New York: Times Books, 1996). Canada: Doubleday. Third in series. ISBN: 0385255950 (paperback, Doubleday, 1996); ISBN: 0812926404 (paperback, 288 pages); ISBN: 1853027200 (Jessica Kingsley, 1998). [autism,account]
Donna Williams.
Nobody Nowhere: The Extraordinary Autobiography of an Autistic (Random, 1992). Doubleday, 1992. 219 pages. Also Corgi Books. The autobiography of an autistic woman; bestseller in early 1993. Shows an autistic person surviving an abusive family situation; painful to read. List member reactions: some describe it as truly amazing and very valuable; others don't recommend it at all. ISBN: 0385254253 ; ISBN: 0552995126 (paperback, Corgi, 1993); ISBN: 0380722178 (paperback, 248 pages, Avon Books, 1994); ISBN: 0812920422 (hardcover, 219 pages, New York: Time Books, 1992, LCCN: 92-053669); ISBN: 1853027189 (Jessica Kingsley, 1998); ISBN: 0944993818 (audio cassette, abridged, Audio Literature, 1994). [autism,account]
Donna Williams.
Not Just Anything (Future Horizons, 1995). Reader: a number of autistic people...are quite attached to it. ISBN: 1885477155 (paperback, 180 pages); ISBN: 1843102285 (paperback, 144 pages, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2004). [autism,account]
Donna Williams.
Somebody Somewhere: Breaking Free from the World of Autism (1993). Also Doubleday, 1994. Donna explores the four years since her diagnosis and her attempts to leave her 'world under glass' and live normally. Shows some of the distortions of perception an autistic person may have, and possibilities for un-learning them. But hard to read without having 1st read the other book, as it refers to events in that book. ISBN: 0812925246 (paperback, Times Books, 1995); ISBN: 0812922875 (hardcover, 238 pages, New York: Time Books, 1994); ISBN: 0385255004 (paperback, Bantam Books of Canada); ISBN: 1853027197 (paperback, 208 pages, Jessica Kingsley, 1998, 1995); ISBN: 0552141984 (paperback, 288 pages, Corgi, 1995); ISBN: 0944993869 (audio cassette, abridged, Audio Literature, 1994). [autism,account]
Pearl M. Wilson.
If You Knew Nicky (London: Angus and Robertson, 1983). Photographs by Sandra Irvine. Also published in Sydney & Melbourne. A girl describes her autistic brother. [autism,account,children]
Stephen Wiltshire.
Cities (London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1989). Pictures by an autistic. [autism,account]
Stephen Wiltshire.
Drawings (London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1987). Pictures by an autistic. [autism,account]
Stephen Wiltshire.
Floating Cities: Venice, Amsterdam, Leningrad and Moscow (London: Michael Joseph, 1991). 146 pages. Also New York: Summit, 1991. Pictures by an autistic artist, age 16. Forward by Oliver Sacks. [autism,account]
Stephen Wiltshire.
Stephen Wiltshire's American Dream (London: Michael Joseph, 1993). Also New York: Summit, 1993 [autism,account]
Dietmar Zoeller.
Ich gebe nicht auf: Aufzeichnungen und Briefe eines autistischen jungen Mannes, der versucht, sich die Welt zu oeffnen (Bern: Scherz Verlag, 1992). Ich gebe nicht auf: I won't give up. ISBN: 3502188866 (Scherz, 224 pages); ISBN: 3423304529 (DTV, 1995). [autism,account,fc,german]

Movies and Television


Backstreet Dreams.
1990. Directed by Rupert Hitzig. 104 minutes. Brooke Shields, Sherilyn Fenn, Tony Fields, Burt Young, Anthony Franciosa. Gangster ends up having to care for his autistic son.
Being There.
1979. Not about autism, but the main character has some autistic characteristics. A satire on modern culture. Peter Sellers plays Chance the Gardner, a naive and possibly mentally challenged man who has done nothing but garden and watch TV, then who finds himself thrown into the "real world". Based on Jerzy Kosinski's book *Being There* of 1971.
The Boy Who Could Fly.
1986. Directed by Nick Castle. 114 minutes. Jay Underwood, Lucy Deakins, Fred Savage, Colleen Dewhurst, Fred Gwinne, Louise Fletcher. This movie is sometimes referred to as including an autistic boy, but that is using the word "autistic" in its general sense (retreat into fantasy) rather than the sense of this memo (early infantile autism syndrome). The main character, who is withdrawn due to trauma and shock, won't speak to anyone and just sits on the top of his roof and pretends he is flying. The film itself delves into fantasy.
Change of Habit.
1969. Directed by William Graham. 97 minutes. Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore. Elvis is a Doctor, Mary Tyler Moore is a nun. One of Elvis's patients is autistic.
Forrest Gump.
Not about autism, but has been cited as a worthwhile movie on disabilities by members of the AUTISM mailing list. A story about a slow-witted man who leads a fantastic life. Stars Tom Hanks.
House of Cards.
1993. Kathleen Turner and Tommy Lee Jones. Directed by Michael Lessac. 107 minutes. It is about a mother with a daughter that takes on "autism-like" symptoms after the death of the girl's father.
L'enfant Sauvage.
Movie of the wild boy of Aveyron by Francois Truffaut. In French, subtitled version called The Wild Child. I would guess it draws from the book by Jean-Marc Gaspard Itard, The Wild Boy of Aveyron.
Lorenzo's Oil.
Not about autism, but has been cited as a worthwhile movie on disabilities by members of the AUTISM mailing list. About a boy with ALD and his parents' pursuit of a treatment not accepted by the established professionals.
Mercury Rising.
Movie in previews as of 1/98. Bruce Willis. It is a thriller, the plot being that a nine-year-old boy with autism cracks a secret code, then people try to kill him. It is based on the Ryne Douglas Pearson novel, Simple Simon. Viewer: it is an action movie, but the depiction of autism is pretty good.
Elizabeth Shue, Aaron Eckhart. As of 1/99, due 3/99. Said to be based on a true story about a woman cured of autism. In it a man gets custody of his sister who is released from an institution; they find a cure; and she becomes a genius.
Stars Jody Foster as Nell, a person who lived alone from childhood in the mountains. The character shows some autistic characteristics.
(future). As of 5/96, a movie project by DreamWorks/Speilberg, possibly staring Robin Williams, based on a the true story of two autistic-like people who are married.
Nobody Nowhere.
(future). As of 5/99, a movie project by Touchstone Pictures to portray Donna William's book of the same name.
The Other Sister.
1999. Not about autism, but portrays some of the problems of the mentally challenged.
Rain Man.
1988. Directed by Barry Levinson. 140 minutes. Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino. Hoffman plays an autistic adult. Generally considered to be a realistic portrayal, but some professionals who do not give much credit to large institutions did not like the ending that showed that that was where the autistic belonged.
1974. Directed by John Korty. 90 minutes. Will Geer, Ellen Geer, Ian Geer, Richard Kelton. Autistic boy becomes lost in the woods. Also known as Crazy Jack and the Boy.
Silent Fall.
1994. Richard Drefus, Linda Hamilton, John Lithgow. Autistic boy is only witness to murder and psychologist mulls about how to get him to report what he saw. Thomas McKean (see Accounts), contributor to the AUTISM list did some consulting on this movie.
The Stone Boy.
1984. This movie is sometimes referred to as including an autistic boy, but that is using the word "autistic" in its general sense (retreat into fantasy) rather than the sense of this memo (early infantile autism syndrome). It is the story of a boy who accidentally shoots his brother, then as a result of the shock loses touch with reality.
Mel Gibson, Piper Laurie. May-December romance between an older woman and a young slightly-delayed man who at least one reader has described as Asperger's or mildly autistic. The movie was based upon a book of the same name, though I could not tell you if the character in the book had any hint of autism. In 1996, a TV movie was shown staring Candice Bergen based upon the same story.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
Does not label its character as autistic, but the movie has been cited as a worthwhile movie on disabilities by members of the AUTISM mailing list. 1993. Gilbert's brother Arnie, convincingly played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is a teenager with an unspecified mental disability who exhibits behaviors and creates stresses for his family that are familiar to many viewers with autistic children and siblings. This was Leonardo's second movie. Even though autism is never mentioned, it has been cited as the best autism movie.
The Wizard.
1989. Luke Edwards, Fred Savage. Features a character who seems autistic who is talented at video games.

Television Movies and Miniseries

Early 80's TV movie about a boy, played by the same boy who was on Little House on the Prairie.
The Broken Cord.
TV movie with Jimmy Smits: Not about autism per se, but about a man who adopts a child later diagnosed to have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) which can include autistic symptoms. Sad movie.
Circle of Children.
Jane Alexander. See book of same title.
Cries From the Heart.
A CBS TV Movie aired on October 16, 1994. An 11-year-old autistic boy named Michael (Bradley Pierce), the only child of a divorcee (Melissa Gilbert) who reluctantly enrolls her son in a special residential school. Michael learns quickly there, under the guidance of a compassionate tutor (Patty Duke) who teaches him to communicate via a lap-top computer. Using this technology, Michael types out the unspeakable: allegations of sexual abuse. Replayed on CBS, September 9, 1997.
David's Story.
or David's Mother. A CBS TV Movie aired April 10, 1994. Kristie Allie stars as an overprotective single mom raising a 15-year-old boy with autism. She loves her son dearly, but is convinced he's helpless. The movie deals with the mom's spiritual growth, which must occur before she can allow her son to grow up and develop. Michael Goorjian won an Emmy playing the autistic boy.
Family Pictures.
An ABC television program to air Sunday, March 21, 1993. Anjelica Houston stars in the story of a family that must pull together when they are forced to deal with the needs of an autistic child.
The Innocent.
An NBC TV Movie aired on September 25, 1994. Keegan MacIntosh stars as a 9-year-old autistic boy who witnesses a murder. Also has Kelsey grammer.
The Invaders.
TV miniseries on Fox. Scott Bacula plays a human who was autistic as a child.
Journey of the Heart.
TV movie aired on CBS, 3/2/97. Stars Cybill Shepherd and Stephen Lang. About a blind autistic boy with musical talent. Based upon a true story, that of Tony DeBloi.
The Silence of Adultery.
A Lifetime TV Movie aired on August 9, 1995. Kate Jackson stars as an otherwise good person who is lured into or driven to adultery. Kirk Nicewonger's somewhat cynical review includes the sentence: "She's actually A Good Person--she works with autistic children, for Pete's sake!".
Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love.
Docudrama produced in 1979 with James Farentino, Kathryn Harrold, Stephen Elliott, directed by Glenn Jordan. Showing planned: Lifetime cable channel, 2PM EST, 1/29/96. Owned by NBC and not available for sale or rent, but as of 3/6/96 available for borrowing from The Option Institute. Another showing scheduled on Lifetime 8/27/96.
A Test of Love.
About Rosemary Crossley and Annie MacDonald (who has Cerebral Palsey) and how facilitated communication started. I'm not sure if this is a documentary or a docudrama.
Under the Piano.
Stars actress Megan Follows in the lead role of Rosetta, a young autistic girl with musical talent in a large family during the '40s, '50s, and '60s.

Television Series Episodes

All My Children.
Had a character in the early '90s (1995?): an autistic girl named Lily who was passive.
An episode set in Hawaii featured a boy who preferred to put together his puzzles faced down among other things.
Crisis Center.
I heard it had autistic character: I'm not sure if it was one episode or a running character.
An episode includes what appeared to be a high functioning adult male autistic person. Highlanders is a fantasy series spun off of movies of the same name. In the series, there there are immortal people who live among us who have their own own fights to the death, etc. The autistic character is killed in the episode.
Key West.
In premier show, there was a rich, sleazy character who hated his wife because she gave him an autistic child. The child is portrayed as living in an upstairs room with a keeper, wearing boxing gloves. In the show, the child is taken to a dolphin research institute and benefits from interacting with a dolphin.
LA Doctors.
Episode aired 11/2/98, 10PM EST included autistic character.
La Femme Nikita.
One episode.
Law and Order.
Episode airing 4/20/95 managed to combine a dramatization of both a Matt Israel/BRI controversy, and the issue of using FC in court/legal situations. The story involved an investigation into the death of a child at a clinic for children with autism that employed contingent shock, white noise, etc., like the BRI program. At one point they tried to have another adolescent with autism testify via FC, but he wasn't able to identify pictures his facilitator (mom) couldn't see. While it was overly sensationalized, they did manage to present many of the real issues confronting people (e.g., what do parents do when no other program will take their children, etc.).
Law and ORder.
Episode airing 2/16/03 featured an individual with Asperger's Syndrome.
Life Goes On.
Not about autism, but with a major character with Down's Syndrome, the show brings up lot of issues relevant to children with special needs in general.
Little House on the Prairie.
An autistic boy was played by an actor who had autism in real life.
Marcus Welby, M.D..
Had an episode that highlighted autism.
Party of Five.
During Fall 1998, introduced autistic character, who is the brother of the boyfriend of one of the main characters. The 12/16/98 show was the third show with this character.
Second episode, aired on NBC on January 15, 1999. The show's lead character (a doctor) treats battered mom who has a hard-to-handle autistic child played by Mika Borrem.
Had an episode.
St. Elsewhere.
One doctor's son was autistic. I saw only a little of it.
One episode.
"Elegy" and "Roland" episodes.


Novels for adults and teens, as well as children's books.

Ann Bauer.
A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards (Scribner, forthcoming). ISBN: 0743269497 (hardcover, 288 pages, due September 2005). [autism,fiction]
Simon Beckett.
Owning Jacob (Hodder and Stoughton, 1998). ISBN: 0340685948 (hardcover, 343 pages); ISBN: 0340685956 (paperback, 343 pages, 1999). [autism,fiction]
Melina Gerosa Bellows.
Wish (NAL Trade, forthcoming). ISBN: 0451216539 (paperback, 304 pages, due 10/4/2005). [fiction,autism,aspergers]
David Bischoff.
Grounded (Pocket Books, 1993). Part of the series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Number 25 in the series. Has autistic character and treats the person as someone needing treatment. ISBN: 0671797476 (paperback). [autism,fiction]
Elizabeth Burns.
Tilt (Sourcebooks Landmark, 2003). ISBN: 1402200412 (hardcover, 256 pages); ISBN: 0425195929 (paperback, 304 pages, Berkley Publishing Group, 2004); ISBN: 1574905775 (hardcover, large print, Thomas T. Beeler, due May, 2005). [autism,fiction]
Laura Burns & Melinda Metz.
The Case of the Nana-Napper (Razorbill, 2005). Part of the series Wright & Wong. For ages 9-12, second in series. One of the main characters has Asperger's. ISBN: 1595140158 (paperback, 176 pages). [autism,aspergers,fiction,children]
Laura Burns & Melinda Metz.
The Case of the Prank that Stank (Razorbill, 2005). Part of the series Wright & Wong. For ages 9-12, first in series. One of the main characters has Asperger's. ISBN: 159514014X (paperback, 192 pages). [autism,aspergers,fiction,children]
Laura Burns & Melinda Metz.
The Case of the Slippery Soap Star (Razorbill, forthcoming). Part of the series Wright & Wong. For ages 9-12, fourth in series. One of the main characters has Asperger's. ISBN: 1595140174 (paperback, 192 pages, due 12/1/2005). [autism,aspergers,fiction,children]
Laura Burns & Melinda Metz.
The Case of the Trail Mix-Up (Razorbill, 2005). Part of the series Wright & Wong. For ages 9-12, third in series. One of the main characters has Asperger's. ISBN: 1595140166 (paperback, 160 pages). [autism,aspergers,fiction,children]
Diane L. Carey & Todd C. Hamilton, illustrator.
Cadet Kirk (Minstrel Books, 1996). Part of the series Star Trek Starfleet Academy. Third of the series. I was told that the first three books of the Starfleet Academy series include an autistic character. ISBN: 0671000772 (paperback). [autism,fiction]
Carmen Carter.
The Children of Hamlin (Pocket Books, 1988). Part of the series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Reader describes children as autistic. ISBN: 0671735551 . [autism,fiction]
Gennifer Choldenko.
Al Capone Does My Shirts (Putnam Pub Group, 2004). ISBN: 0399238611 (hardcover, 228 pages); ISBN: 1402564090 (audio cassette, Recorded Books, 2004). [fiction,autism,children]
Barbara D'Amato.
Death of a Thousand Cuts (Forge Books, 2004). Mystery, includes autism and Freudian psychology as themes. ISBN: 0765303450 (hardcover, 352 pages). [autism,fiction]
Alexandra Day.
The Flight of the Dove (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2004). ISBN: 0374399522 (hardcover, 32 pages). [fiction,autism,children]
Anita Desai.
Clear Light of Day (London: Heinemann, 1980). Story of two sisters. One character, their brother, is autistic. ISBN: 0434186333 (hardcover, 183 pages); ISBN: 0140108599 (paperback, reprint edition, Penguin USA, 1990); ISBN: 0618074511 (paperback, Houghton Mifflin, 2000). [autism,fiction]
Philip K. Dick.
Martian Timeslip. Science Fiction book that includes a young autistic character. A reader says Dick gained his knowledge when he babysat a ten year old with autism. ISBN: 0679761675 (paperback, 262 pages, reissue edition, Vintage Books, 1995). [autism,fiction]
Diane Duane.
A Wizard Alone (Harcourt, 2002). Part of the series Young Wizards. Fantasy, for young adults. ISBN: 0152049118 (paperback, 352 pages, Magic Carpet Books, due 2003); ISBN: 0152045627 (hardcover, 336 pages). [children,fiction,autism]
David Eddings.
The Belgrad (Ballantine Books, 1997). Reader describes one character as autistic. I think the character persists in the series and in a followup series The Malloreon. ISBN: 0345418875 . [autism,fiction]
Alexandra Eden.
To Oz and Back (Allen A Knoll, 2002). Part of the series The Bones and the Duchess Mysteries. Ages 9-12 reading level. ISBN: 1888310227 (hardcover, 153 pages). [autism,aspergers,fiction,children]
Andreanna Edwards.
Taking Autism To School (Jayjo, 2002). Ages 4-8. ISBN: 1891383132 (paperback, 32 pages). [autism,children,fiction]
Becky Edwards & David Armitage.
My Brother Sammy (Millbrook Pr Trade, 1999). Ages 4-8 ISBN: 0761314172 (32 pages, Millbrook Press, 1999); ISBN: 0761304398 (32 pages). [autism,children,fiction]
Jennifer Elder.
Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005). For ages 9-12. ISBN: 1843108151 (hardcover, 48 pages). [autism,fiction]
Marvie Ellis.
The Best Hello (Speech Kids Texas Press, forthcoming). Part of the series An Autism Story Book. Fourth in series. [autism,children,fiction]
Marvie Ellis.
Keisha's Doors (Speech Kids Texas Press, 2005). Part of the series An Autism Story Book. First in series; Bilingual in Spanish and English; Spanish title is Las Puertas de Keisha. ISBN: 1933319003 (hardcover, 32 pages). [autism,children,spanish,fiction]
Marvie Ellis.
Tacos Anyone? (Speech Kids Texas Press, 2005). Part of the series An Autism Story Book. Second in series; Bilingual in Spanish and English; Spanish title is Alguien quiere tacos? ISBN: 193331902X (hardcover, 32 pages). [autism,children,spanish,fiction]
Marvie Ellis.
Trouble Waiting (Speech Kids Texas Press, forthcoming). Part of the series An Autism Story Book. Third in series. [autism,children,fiction]
Lesley Ely.
Looking After Louis (Albert Whitman & Co, 2004). ISBN: 0807547468 (hardcover, 32 pages). [fiction,autism,children]
Mary Essinger.
Wounded Bird of Paradise (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2004). ISBN: 1843102560 (paperback, 142 pages). [fiction,autism,aspergers]
William Faulkner.
The Sound And The Fury (1929). Faulkner's first major novel. One character, Benji, appears to be autistic. ISBN: 0075536668 (paperback, McGraw Hill College, 1946). [autism,fiction]
Barbara Fischkin.
Confidential Sources (Delta, 2006). ISBN: 0385338007 (paperback, 352 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0385338004). [autism,fiction]
Alan Fisk.
Cupid and the Silent Goddess (Twenty First Century Publishers, 2003). A fictional character of the story, Angelina, is autistic. ISBN: 1904433081 (paperback, 216 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1904433088). [fiction,autism]
Nelle Frances.
Ben, His Helmet and Bees in Your Bonnet. Part of the series Ben and His Helmet. Aimed at children with Asperger's [autism,aspergers,children,fiction]
Nelle Frances.
Ben, His Helmet and Hats Off!. Part of the series Ben and His Helmet. Aimed at children with Asperger's [autism,aspergers,children,fiction]
Nelle Frances.
Ben, His Helmet and the Crashing Symbols. Part of the series Ben and His Helmet. Aimed at children with Asperger's [autism,aspergers,children,fiction]
Nelle Frances.
Ben, His Helmet and the Too Tight Hair. Part of the series Ben and His Helmet. Aimed at children with Asperger's [autism,aspergers,children,fiction]
Phyllis-Terri Gold.
Please Don't Say Hello (New York: Human Sciences Press, 1975). Part of the series New juvenile series on the exceptional child. A book on autism, written for children, featuring a nine-year-old autistic boy as a character. The book was very popular in the past before being re-released due to interest. A good resource for kids at junior high level. ISBN: 0877052115 (45 pages). [autism,children,fiction]
Eli Gottlieb.
The Boy Who Went Away (St. Martins Pr., 1997). Main character is an adolescent boy with an autistic brother. ISBN: 0312150709 (hardcover, 208 pages); ISBN: 0553379275 (paperback, 240 pages, Bantam, 1998). [autism,fiction]
Mark Haddon.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Doubleday, 2003). The novel's main character is a 15-year-old autistic boy. ISBN: 1400032717 (paperback, 240 pages, Vintage, 2004); ISBN: 0385512104 (hardcover, 226 pages, Doubleday, 2003); ISBN: 0385509456 (hardcover, 240 pages); ISBN: 0385659792 (hardcover, 240 pages, Doubleday Canada Ltd, 2003); ISBN: 1402555989 (audio cassette, Recorded Books, 2003); ISBN: 1402568851 (audio CD, Recorded Books, 2003). [autism,fiction]
Kathy Hoopman.
Haze: An Asperger Novel, 3rd edition (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003). Young Adult. ISBN: 184310072X (paperback, 160 pages). [fiction,autism,aspergers,children]
Kathy Hoopmann.
Blue Bottle Mystery: An Asperger Adventure (Jessica Kingsley Pub, 2001). For ages 9-12. Fantasy story about a boy with Asperger Syndrome. ISBN: 1853029785 (paperback, 96 pages). [autism,aspergers,fiction,children]
Kathy Hoopmann.
Lisa and the Lacemaker: An Asperger Adventure (Jessica Kingsley, 2002). For ages 9-12. ISBN: 1843100711 (paperback, 112 pages). [autism,aspergers,fiction,children]
Kathy Hoopmann.
Of Mice and Aliens: An Asperger Adventure (Jessica Kingsley). For ages 8-13. Sequel to Blue Bottle Mystery. Science fiction. ISBN: 184310007X (paperback, 96 pages). [autism,aspergers,fiction,children]
Dafydd Ab Hugh.
Balance of Power (Pocket Books, 1995). Part of the series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Number 33 in the series. Reader describes one character as autistic. ISBN: 0671520032 (paperback). [autism,fiction]
Illana Katz & Edward Ritvo.
Joey and Sam: A Heartwarming Storybook About Autism, a Family, and a Brother's Love (Los Angeles, California: Real Life Storybooks, 1993). Ages 4-8. A beautifully illustrated storybook for children. It focuses on a family with two sons, one of which suffers from autism. The book addresses their similarities and differences, as it follows them through daily interactions with each other, parents, and friends. Suggested for K-3. ISBN: 1882388003 (hardcover); ISBN: 1882388062 (paperback). [autism,fiction,children]
Stephen King.
The Regulators. Written under the name "Richard Bachman". Includes an autistic character: a boy named Seth. His mind is invaded by an evil presence that he needs to outsmart. ISBN: 0525941908 (hardcover, E. P. Dutton, 1996); ISBN: 0451191013 (paperback, 489 pages, Signet, 1997); ISBN: 0613096207 (paperback, Econo-Clad, 1999); ISBN: 0786208449 (hardcover, large print, 584 pages, Thorndike Press, 1996); ISBN: 0140863222 (cassette, Penguin, 1996). [autism,fiction]
The Boy Who Ate Stars (Egmont Children's Books, 2004). For ages 9-12. ISBN: 1405211296 (paperback, 105 pages); ISBN: 1416900381 (hardcover, 112 pages, Simon & Schuster, due 2/28/06). [autism,children,fiction]
Dean Koontz.
By the Light of the Moon (Bantam, 2002). ISBN: 0553801430 (hardcover, 448 pages); ISBN: 0553582763 (paperback, 496 pages, Bantam, 2003); ISBN: 0747266824 (paperback, Gardner Books, 2003); ISBN: 0553502719 (unabridged cassette, Random House, 2002); ISBN: 0736689206 (unabridged CD, Books on Tape, 2002). [autism,fiction]
Sarah Lamstein.
Hunger Moon (Front Street Books, 2004). Includes a character with Asperger's. ISBN: 1932425055 (hardcover, 112 pages). [fiction,autism,aspergers,children]
Kathryn Lasky.
Home Free (New York: Macmillan, 1985). 245 pages. Story involves conservation as well as strange hidden powers. ISBN: 0027516504 (hardcover, 245 pages, Four Winds Press, New York, 1985); ISBN: 0440200385 . [autism,fiction,adolescent]
Laurie Lears, Judith Mathews & Karen Ritz, illustrator.
Ian's Walk: A Story about Autism (Albert Whitman & Company, 1997). Part of the series Concept Book. Ages 4-8. Picture story book. About a young girl who learns to appreciate her younger autistic brother when they go for a walk to the park and he gets lost. Reader: Two thumbs up. ISBN: 0807534803 (hardcover, 32 pages); ISBN: 0807534811 (paperback, 32 pages, Albert Whitman, 2003). [autism,fiction,children]
Harper Lee.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1960). Pulitzer Prize winning novel of 1961. The character of Boo Radley seems to have some autistic characteristics. ISBN: 0060194995 (hardcover, 323 pages, 1999); ISBN: 0446310786 (paperback, 281 pages, Warner, 1988); ISBN: 157270036X (cassette, unabridged, Audio partners, 1997); ISBN: 0060933275 (paperback, large print, 407 pages, Harperperennial, 1999). [autism,fiction]
Patricia Leonard-Toomey, ed.
In Our Own Words: stories by Brothers and Sisters of children with autism and PDD. I think it is self-published, PO Box 1151, Fall River,MA 02722. Written by children, aged 7 to 13. [autism,children,fiction,pdd]
Margot Livesey.
Banishing Verona (Henry Holt, 2004). One of the major characters, Zeke, has been described as having Asperger's Syndrome. ISBN: 0805074627 (hardcover, 336 pages); ISBN: 0312425201 (paperback, 368 pages, Picador, 2005). [autism,aspergers,fiction]
Ann M. Martin.
Inside Out (New York: Holiday House, 1984). Part of the series The Baby-sitters Club. 152 pages. Children's book, by the author of the Baby Sitter's Club series (but not itself one of the series) about a sister's learning to cope with and love her autistic brother. ISBN: 0823405125 ; ISBN: 059043621X . [autism,fiction,children]
Ann M. Martin.
Kristy and the Secret of Susan (Scholastic Professional Books, 1990). Part of the series The Baby-sitters Club. Ages 9-12. Number 32 in the popular Baby-Sitters Club series of books, aimed ath children 9-12. The book is about Kristy and her newest baby-sitting charge, Susan, who is not like most kids. Susan who has autism, can't talk, but can play the piano and sing beautifully. ISBN: 0590731890 (paperback); ISBN: 0836814126 (hardcover, Gareth Stevens, 1995); ISBN: 0590424963 ; ISBN: 0833598589 (Econo-Clad Books, 1999). [autism,fiction,children]
Cammie McGovern.
Eye Contact (Viking Adult, 2006). Story includes autistic boy who is witness to a crime. ISBN: 0670037656 (hardcover, 304 pages); ISBN: 1598870475 (unabridged audio CD, HighBridge, 2006); ISBN: 1585477699 (large print hardcover, Central Point Large Print, due 7/2006). [autism,fiction]
Elizabeth McGregor.
A Road Through the Mountains (Bantom, 2004). ISBN: 0553803581 (hardcover, 336 pages); ISBN: 0553586718 (paperback, 352 pages, Bantom, 2005). [autism,aspergers,fiction]
Mike McQuay.
The Nexus (1989). Science fiction. ISBN: 055328178X . [autism,fiction]
Abby Ward Messner.
Captain Tommy (Potential Unlimited Publishing, 1996). Fact-based story of interaction between two children. Suggested for K-3. ISBN: 096507000X (hardcover, 32 pages); ISBN: 1885477589 (paperback, 34 pages, Future Horizons, 1999). [autism,children,fiction]
Sue Miller.
Family Pictures (Harper & Row, 1990). 389 pages. An engrossing novel spanning forty years in the life of a large family that is deeply bonded by the stranger in their midst - an autistic child. The story simulates the mind, catches the imagination and touches the heart on virtually every page. By Sue Miller, author of New York Times bestseller, The Good Mother. ISBN: 0060163976 ; ISBN: 0061099252 (paperback, 1996); ISBN: 0060929987 (paperback, 431 pages, 1999). [autism,fiction]
Elizabeth Moon.
The Speed of Dark (Ballantine, 2003). ISBN: 0345447557 (hardcover, 352 pages); ISBN: 0345447549 (paperback, 368 pages); ISBN: 0786252146 (large print hardcover, 513 pages, Thorndike Press, 2003). [autism,aspergers,fiction]
Deborah Ann Moore.
Ethan and Phoebe (Philadelphia: Xlibris, 2003). ISBN: 1413429688 (32 pages, paperback). [autism,fiction,children]
Tanis Morran.
A Place Within the Sphere (Trafford publishing, 2000). ISBN: 1552124266 (paperback, 194 pages). [autism,fiction]
Tito Mukhopadhyay.
The Gold of the Sunbeams (Arcade Publishing, 2005). The author is autistic. ISBN: 1559707771 (hardcover, 224 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1559707770). [autism,aspergers,fiction]
Cindy Dolby Nollette.
Having a brother like David (Minneapolis: Fraser Child and Family Center, 1985). 28 pages. It looks as if it is aimed at 5-6 year olds. [autism,fiction,children]
Patrick O'Brien.
The Commodore (HarperCollins, 1994). A character, Brigid Maturin, daughter of one of the main characters, Stephen Maturin, is apparently autistic. The novel is part of O'Brien's series of 20 Aubrey/Maturin novels, and Brigid appears or is mentioned in others as well. ISBN: 0393037606 (hardcover, 282 pages, Norton 1995); ISBN: 0393314596 (paperback, 282 pages, Norton 1996). [autism,fiction]
Joyce Carol Oates.
I Lock My Door Upon Myself (Ecco Press, 1990). Reader: the main character is obviously autistic. ISBN: 0880012609 (hardcover, 98 pages); ISBN: 0452267080 (paperback Plume Books, 1991). [autism,fiction]
Nancy Ogaz & Patricia Shubeck, illustrator.
Buster and the Amazing Daisy: Adventures with Asperger Syndrome (Jessica Kingsley Pub, 2002). Aimed at 9-12 age range. ISBN: 184310721X (paperback, 112 pages). [autism,aspergers,fiction,children]
C. Eric Ott.
Jamie's Watch (C. Eric Ott, 2003). The author is the father of an autistic son. ISBN: 0976492709 (paperback, 160 pages). [autism,fiction]
Richard Parker.
He is your brother (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1974). 98 pages. Middle school to Junior High level. ISBN: 0840764952 ; ISBN: 0340175893 ; ISBN: 0525664955 . [autism,fiction,children]
Ryne Douglas Pearson.
Simple Simon (William Morrow, 1996). Thriller about 16-year-old autistic genius who breaks a secret code, then must be protected. Film version (with younger protagonist) out in 1998, titled Mercury Rising. ISBN: 0688142966 (hardcover, 256 pages); ISBN: 0380725746 (paperback, 326 pages, Avon, 1997). [autism,fiction]
Celia Rees.
The Truth Out There (DK Publishing, 2000). Ages 9-12. ISBN: 0789426684 (hardcover, 240 pages). [autism,aspergers,children,fiction]
Marjorie Reynolds.
The Civil Wars of Jonah Moran (Berkley Pub Group, 2001). ISBN: 042517834X (paperback, 327 pages). [autism,aspergers,fiction]
Tom Robbins.
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas. One of the main characters talks about his autism, reporting benefits from Dolphin Therapy he received when he was young. ISBN: 0553377876 (paperback, 386 pages, Bantam, 1995); ISBN: 0787103829 (audio cassette, Dove, 1995). [autism,fiction]
Colby F. Rodowsky.
Clay (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2001). ISBN: 0374313385 (hardcover, 176 pages); ISBN: 0060006188 (paperback, 160 pages, HarperTrophy, 2004). [autism,fiction,children]
Nancy Taylor Rosenberg.
California Angel (New York: Signet, 1995). Paperback. Plot: a woman is haunted by dreamlike memories of children she believes she somehow saved. The question is whether she is an angel or a kidnapper and murderer. A character at the beginning of the story is an autistic boy named Raymond Gonzolas whose recovery is triggered by the main character. ISBN: 0451186281 ; ISBN: 0451191773 (paperback, 400 pages, Signet, 1996); ISBN: 0613133315 (hardcover, Econoclad Books, 1999); ISBN: 0453009255 (audio cassette, Penguin Audiobooks, 1995). [autism,fiction]
Richard Russo.
Nobody's Fool (Random House, 1993). This is the book that was made into a 1994 movie with Paul Newman. According to a reader, the book (but not the movie) included a character with autistic symptoms caused by abuse. Another reader identified no such character. ISBN: 0394577787 (hardcover); ISBN: 0679753338 (paperback, 549 pages, Vintage, 1994). [autism,fiction]
Al Sarrantonio.
The Boy With Penny Eyes. Main character sounds autistic. It is a horror novel. ISBN: 0812525604 . [autism,fiction]
Eleanor Spence.
The Devil Hole (New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1976). 215 pages. Book for children (ages 12-15), set in Australia. Originally published as The October Child. ISBN: 0688417981 ; ISBN: 0192713841 (paperback, 151 pages, Oxford Univ Press, 1976, under title The October Child). [autism,fiction,children]
Brad Strickland, Barbara Strickland & Todd Cameron Hamilton, illustrator.
Crisis on Vulcan (Minstrel Books, 1996). Part of the series Star Trek Starfleet Academy. Ages 9-12, Paperback, First of the series. I was told that the first three books of the Starfleet Academy series include an autistic character. ISBN: 0671000780 (paperback). [autism,fiction,children]
Mary Thompson.
Andy and His Yellow Frisbee (Bethesda, Maryland: Woodbine House, 1994). Illustrated, Grades K-5. ISBN: 0933149832 (paperback, 24 pages). [autism,fiction,children]
S. Kennedy Tolsten.
Troy's Amazing Universe, A for Aliens (, 2005). Part of the series Troy's Amazing Universe. ISBN: 1591136725 (paperback, 124 pages.). [autism,fiction,children]
S. Kennedy Tolsten.
Troy's Amazing Universe, M for Mall (, 2003). Part of the series Troy's Amazing Universe. ISBN: 1591133181 (paperback, 116 pages). [autism,fiction,children]
S. Kennedy Tolsten.
Troy's Amazing Universe, T for Toy (Brite Press, 2005). Part of the series Troy's Amazing Universe. ISBN: 0974318515 (paperback, 152 pages). [autism,fiction,children]
John Vornholt & Todd Cameron Hamilton, illustrator.
Aftershock (Minstrel Books, 1996). Part of the series Star Trek Starfleet Academy. Ages 9-12. Second of the series. I was told that the first three books of the Starfleet Academy series include an autistic character. ISBN: 0671000799 (paperback). [autism,fiction]
Amy Maida Wadsworth.
Faraway Child (Covenant, 2005). ISBN: 159156817X (paperback, 200 pages). [autism,fiction]
Jude Welton.
Adam's Alternative Sports Day: An Asperger Story (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2004). ISBN: 1843103001 (paperback, 128 pages). [autism,aspergers,children,fiction]
Nancy Werlin.
Are you alone on purpose? (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994). Ages 9-12 or young adult. Novel about teenagers: a thirteen year old girl with an autistic twin brother. ISBN: 039567350X (hardcover, 204 pages); ISBN: 0449704459 (paperback, Fawcett Books, 1996); ISBN: 0785794360 (Econo-Clad Books, 1999). [autism,fiction,children]
Taro Yashima.
Crow Boy (Viking, 1955). Ages 4-8. Runner up for 1956 Caldecott Honor book. I assume it is a story, but I am not certain. ISBN: 0670249319 (hardcover); ISBN: 014050172X (paperback, 1976). [autism,fiction,children]
Dorothy Zietz.
Until Tomorrow: A Family Lives with Autism (1988). Reader: poorly written and unconvincing. [autism,fiction]


Generation X.
Monthly comic book from Marvel Comics which as of 10/96 is reported to include a superhero named "M" who is autistic.
Music of Hikari Oe.
Denon 78952, 1995, DDD. Music of the autistic composer Hikari Oe performed by Hiroshi Koizumi. Hikari Oe's story is told in the accounts A Healing Family and The Music of Light: The Extraordinary Story of Hikari and Kenzaburo Oe.
Music of Hikari Oe Volume 2.
Denon 78953, 1995, DDD. More music of the autistic composer Hikari Oe performed by Akiko Ebi, Tomoko Kato (violinist), and Hiroshi Koizumi. See above.
Nobody Nowhere, the CD.
Donna Williams.