As Jerry Cranford says in the Publisher’s Notes and Acknowledgements, the title of this book takes the idea that autism is a gift one step further: “autism is a gift that can’t open itself”. Children with autism need our help and the help of the community to bring their gifts to light. The collection of stories and experiences presented in this book demonstrate the love and passion families have for their loved ones on the spectrum, but they also remind us of the importance for care and support at an early age in order for a child with autism to realize their full potential.
The Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador has put together an inspiring collection of stories with contributions made by parents of children with autism, caregivers and health professionals, as well as individuals living with autism. Together, they give us a picture of what autism looks like and what children with autism need to reach their potential. Reading their stories will open your eyes and alter your perception of what autism means to each individual. This book does more than raise awareness; it advocates for acceptance and inclusion. In the words of Tom Jackman, “There is no disability, only different ability. You choose how to see it.”
Autism: The Gift That Needs to Be Opened
by Autism Society, Newfoundland & Labrador
$19.95, paperback, 225 pp.
Flanker Press, October 2015