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Image of hands, bodies, and instruments around a face: Autism is a complex developmental disability.


As public interest in autism has increased and as individuals with autism have been introduced to more sophisticated communication tools, publications and films written by individuals with autism have become increasingly more common.

Although the experiences of individuals with autism are incredibly varied, personal narratives provide compelling and personalized knowledge of what it is like to live with autism.

The following books and films (alphabetized by lead author's last name) provide first-hand accounts of and personal insights into the experience of living with an autism spectrum disorder.

"There is a Boy In Here"
by Judy & Sean Barron
Simon & Schuster (1992)

"Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone"
by Douglas Biklen with Richard Attfield, Larry Bissonnette, Lucy Blackman, Jamie Burke, Alberto Frugone
New York University Press (2005)

"Congratulations! It's Asperger Syndrome"
by Jen Birch
Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2003)

"Lucy's Story: Autism and Other Adventures"
by Lucy Blackman
Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2001)

"Confusion, Loneliness, Depression: Asperger's Syndrome: A Journey"
by John & Patricia Brine
Macbee Publishing (2000)

"The View From Here: My Life with Autism"
by Taylor Crowe

"Silent Words, Forever Friends"
by Margaret & David Eastham
Oliver Pate (1992)

“Paper Words: Discovering and Living with my Autism”
by Judy Endow, MSW
Autism Asperger Publishing Co. (2009)

"Cinderella With Wrong Shoes: Poems by a Young Woman with Autism"
by Jennifer Fan
Writer's Showcase Press (2001)

"Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism "
by Arthur Fleischmann & Carly Fleischmann
Touchstone (2012)

"Making Sense of the Unfeasible: My Life Journey with Asperger Syndrome"
by Marc Fleisher
Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2003)

"A Real Person: Life on the Outside"
by Gunilla Gerland and Joan Tate
Souvenir Press Ltd. (1997)

"Finding Out About Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and PDD"
by Gunilla Gerland
Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2000)

"Sharing Our Wisdom: A Collection of Presentations by People within the Autism Spectrum"
by Gail Gillingham and Sandra McClennan, Eds.
Autism National Committee (2003)

"Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior"
by Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson
Scribner (2005)

"Developing Talents: Careers For Individuals With Asperger Syndrome And High-functioning Autism- Updated, Expanded Edition"
by Temple Grandin and Kate Duffy
Autism Asperger Publishing Company (2008)

"Emergence: Labeled Autistic"
by Temple Grandin
Warner Books (1996)

“The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspectives of Autism”
by Temple Grandin and Sean Barron
Future Horizons (2005)

"The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's"
by Temple Grandin
Future Horizons (2008)

"Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports From My Life With Autism"
by Temple Grandin
Vintage (1996)

"The Light Within"
by Lincoln Grigsby
Self-published by Lincoln Grigsby (1999)

"I Had No Means to Shout!"
by Mary Jane Hale & Charles Martel Hale, Jr.
Authorhouse (1999)

"Asperger Syndrome, the Universe, and Everything"
by Kenneth Hall
Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2001)

"The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism"
by Naoki Higashida (Author), KA Yoshida (Translator), David Mitchell (Translator)
Random House (2013)

" 'now you know me think more': A Journey with Autism using Facilitated Communication Techniques"
by Ppinder Hundal with Pauline Lukey
Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2003)

"Freaks, Geeks, & Asperger Syndrome: A User's Guide to Adolescences"
by Luke Jackson
Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2002)

"Standing Down Falling Up: Asperger Syndrome from the Inside Out"
by Nite Jackson
Lucky Duck Publishing (2002)

"Life Behind Glass: A Personal Account of Autism Spectrum Disorder"
by Wendy Lawson
Taylor & Francis Group (2000)

"Soon Will Come the Light: A View from Inside the Autism Puzzle"
by Thomas A. McKean
Future Horizons (1994)

"Light on the Horizon: A Deeper View from Inside the Autism Puzzle"
by Thomas A. McKean
Future Horizons (1996)

"Women From Another Planet?: Our Lives in the Universe of Autism"
By Jean Kearns Miller
Author House (2003)

"Beyond the Silence"
by Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay
The National Autistic Society (2000)

"How Can I Talk If My Lips Don't Move: Inside My Autistic Mind"
by Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay
Arcade Publishing (2008)

"The Gold of the Sunbeams: And Other Stories"
by Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay and Soma Mukhopadhyay
Arcade Publishing (2005)

"The Mind Tree: A Miraculous Child Breaks the Silence of Autism"
by Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay
Arcade Publishing (2003)

"Wasted Talent: Musings of an Autistic"
by Krishna Narayanan
Vite Publishing (2003)

"Through the Eyes of Aliens: A Book About Autistic People"
by Jasmine Lee O'Neill
Jessica Kingsley Publishers (1998)

"Caught Between Two Worlds: My Autistic Dilemma"
by Tomas S. Page
Words of Understanding (2003)

"Asparagus Dreams"
by Jessica Peers
Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2009)

"Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism"
by Dawn Prince-Hughes
Harmony (2004)

"The Vial"
by Chammi Rajapatirana
Self-published by Chammi Rajapatirana (1999)

"Autism Is A World"
by Sue Rubin
State of the Art, Inc. (2004)

"Overcoming Asperger's: Personal Experience and Insight"
by Robert S. Sanders, Jr.
Armstrong Valley Publishing (2002)

"Martian in the Playground: Understanding the School Child with Asperger's Syndrome"
by Clare Sainsbury
Lucky Duck Publishing (2000)

"Discovering my Autism: Apologia Pro Vita Sua (With Apologies to Cardinal Newman)"
by Edgar Schneider
Taylor & Francis Group (1999)

"Living the Good Life with Autism"
by Edgar R. Schneider
Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2002)

"I Don't Want to be Inside Me Anymore: Messages from an Autistic Mind"
by Birger Sellin
Basic Books (1995)

"Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum"
by Stephen Shore, Ruth Elaine Joyner Hane, Kassiane Sibley, Roger N. Meyer, Phil Schwarz, Liane Holliday Willey
Autism Asperger Publishing Company (2004)

"Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome"
by Stephen Shore
Autism Asperger Publishing Company (2003)

"Living Along the Autism Spectrum - What Does It Mean to Have Autism or Asperger Syndrome?"
by Stephen Shore, Robert Naseef, Daniel Gottlieb
Autism Asperger Publishing Company (2009)

"Understanding Autism for Dummies"
by Stephen Shore, Linda G. Rastelli, Temple Grandin
For Dummies (2006)

"Asperger Syndrome in the Family: Redefining Normal"
by Liane Holliday Willey
Jsesica Kingsley Publishers (2001)

"Pretending to be Normal : Living with Asperger's Syndrome"
by Liane Holliday Willey
Taylor & Francis Group (1999)

"Autism and Sensing: The Unlost Instinct"
by Donna Williams
Taylor & Francis Group (1998)

"Autism: An Inside-Out Approach"
by Donna Williams
Taylor & Francis Group (1996)

"Everyday Heaven: Journeys Beyond the Stereotypes of Autism"
by Donna Williams
Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2004)

"Exposure Anxiety: The Invisible Cage: An Exploration or Self-Protection Responses in the Autism Spectrum and Beyond"
by Donna Williams
Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2003)

"Like Color to the Blind: Soul Searching & Soul Finding"
by Donna Williams
Crown (1996)

"Nobody Nowhere"
by Donna Williams
Perennial Currents (1994)

"Somebody Somewhere: Breaking Free From the World of Autism"
by Donna Williams
Three Rivers Press (1995)

“The Jumbled Jigsaw: An Insider's Approach to the Treatment of Autistic Spectrum 'Fruit Salads'”
by Donna Williams
Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2005)


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