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The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy With Autism
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy With Autism | Naoki Higashida
A story never before told and a memoir to help change our understanding of the world around us, 13-year-old Naoki Higashida's astonishing, empathetic book takes us into the mind of a boy with severe autism. With an introduction by David Mitchell, author of the global phenomenon, Cloud Atlas, and translated by his wife, KA Yoshida. Naoki Higashida was only a middle-schooler when he began to write The Reason I Jump. Autistic and with very low verbal fluency, Naoki used an alphabet grid to painstakingly spell out his answers to the questions he imagines others most often wonder about him: why do you talk so loud? Is it true you hate being touched? Would you like to be normal? The result is an inspiring, attitude-transforming book that will be embraced by anyone interested in understanding their fellow human beings, and by parents, caregivers, teachers, and friends of autistic children. Naoki examines issues as diverse and complex as self-harm, perceptions of time and beauty, and the challenges of communication, and in doing so, discredits the popular belief that autistic people are anti-social loners who lack empathy. This book is mesmerizing proof that inside an autistic body is a mind as subtle, curious, and caring as anyone else's.
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magicalshelves
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Fact about me, I am a special education teacher who works with kids with autism. I picked up this book for a class I‘m taking & it was such an insightful read. It was really interesting to hear about life with autism from an autistic person. My book currently has many colorful tabs in it marking thoughtful passages & quotes. I plan to keep this book handy, especially when reflecting on tough days, to remind me to have patience and understanding.

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jmtrivera
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Pickpick

I'd expected a memoir, but it turned out to be more a series of essays. Higashida answered questions about life w/autism in general & his perceptions specifically. I wouldn't want to generalize to all people with autism from this book, but much of this made me think hard about my students, past & present, and how they might see the world. Many of his descriptions are really beautiful too. I would definitely recommend.

Aimeesue "When you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism." Dr. Steven Shore, who has Autism himself. ? Excellent read! 2mo
jmtrivera @Aimeesue Exactly. So many people forget that. 2mo
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avgeyer
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Today is World Autism Awareness Day! Here are some book recommendations if you are interested in learning more about Autism. The more we learn, understand, and become accepting of the autism community the better we can support those individuals and families who live autism awareness day every single day!

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magicalshelves
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Starting my “spring break” off with some required reading for my professional development course. This actually sounds like a great book and as a teacher who works with kiddos with ASD I‘m eager to hear from a kid‘s perspective.

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j.rye
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Pickpick

💙 this book offers incredible insight into the mind of a child with Autism. After 10 years of muddling through it all, I thought I had all the answers; but Naoki made the everything fit in place a little better. Sometimes it‘s easy to forget your child‘s struggle and focus only on your own strife. I plan on asking everyone close to us to read this book in hopes of understanding my boys just a little bit better.

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j.rye
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I‘ve never cried four pages into a book before. As a mom of two kids on two different points on the spectrum, I am constantly scared by all they‘re up against and utterly amazed by the strength they have to overcome it.

The intro to this book gives me all the feels. I see a lot of sobbing happening tonight. 🧩💙

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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vkois88 Some great choices! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We chose two of the same books!! Great minds think alike!! ❤️😘 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks woot woot!! And I agree! 😘❤️ 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @vkois88 thank you Tori! 3mo
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Eggs
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#disabilityreads #literaryluck @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
To be fair, we are all disabled in one way or another, just as we are all enabled in our own ways. The key is to uncover the gifts and interests of the ‘disabled‘ and help them pursue those.🧩 Unforgettable book!

kspenmoll ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
j.rye 😍 #mustread. Both of my sons have ASD. I cannot wait to read this book. 🧩💙 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💙💙 3mo
tracey38 So very true! 💙 3mo
vkois88 Love this caption 3mo
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Siri_reads
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Next up!

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jmtrivera
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It's #BookBingo day over here! First book down. Some good quotes which I'll share later at Toddlersaurus naptime!
#HalfBloodBingo #ProtagonistwithaDisability

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LittleMummyMe
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Pickpick

What a wonderful book.
This book gives insight into the world of an autistic boy 💙
It is very easy and quick to read. I'd recommend everyone reads it at least once.

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SkeletonKey
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When you go away for three days and you have to be extra prepared.

I‘m in West Virginia visiting family and the hotel we stay in is a refurbished hospital. It‘s kind of fun because we get to have our group gatherings in the morgue.

What‘s everyone else up to?

#thanksgiving #family

crazyspine 🤣 7mo
Clare-Dragonfly I want to stay there! How fun! 7mo
SkeletonKey @Clare-Dragonfly - It‘s definitely got character! 7mo
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LittleMummyMe
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From the introduction og The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida.

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Rachiiebookdragon
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An insightful informative book about Autism, very interesting! 5/5

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kendrastephaniekaryn
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Today I went through all the teaching and professional development books I own but haven't read. I compiled them into one long list, and then narrowed it down to what I think I can manage to read this summer. #tbr #teachersoflitsy #summerreading

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RachelO
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The first of my #nfbe #2018nfbe books - thank you @Smarkies ! I pulled this off the shelf while looking for something earlier and ended up reading it cover-to-cover in one sitting.

Written by a 13-yr-old Japanese boy with autism, this is a beautiful description of how he experiences his world, and a plea for understanding. Fascinating, eye-opening, in parts heartbreaking, and highly recommended.

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TrishTheBibliophile
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I was both frustrated and devastated by this. Frustrated because there were some vast over-generalizations. Devastated because, as the mother of an autistic son, I relate to so many scenarios but not to the feelings my son has. This book, written by a 13-year old autistic child, attempts to answer questions through use of an alphabet grid. It‘s a pick for me, even with its weaknesses, only because I feel I understand my son just a tad bit more.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Have you read The Age of Autism? I think I‘d like to read it. 1y
Smartypants @TrishTheBibliophile I‘m the mom of an autistic son too. I‘m always interested in reading the stories of others impacted by autism. Thanks for sharing. 1y
TrishTheBibliophile @JanuarieTimewalker13 No, I haven‘t. I will look into it. It sounds like something I may like to read. Thank you. 1y
TrishTheBibliophile @Smartypants I cried when I read how this boy always felt stupid when his parents became frustrated with him or how he often felt like a burden. He says it is hard to be autistic but “please parents, don‘t give up on us.” My son doesn‘t verbalize those thoughts but the thought of him possibly feeling that way because I get frustrated just broke my heart! 1y
JanuarieTimewalker13 You‘re welcome❤️ 1y
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Sophia.marnik
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Very quick read, but interesting and insightful. Working with students with autism, this let me look at behaviours from their perspective. It made me think about things differently, which is always a good thing. Lots of sticky notes of “ah ha” moments in this book.

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MatchlessMarie
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Just snagged this one on a Goodreads deal! Does my heart some good with #BoycottToSiri up in the air 😊💝

Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s a quick read, and I found it very good. 2y
Gezemice On my list! 2y
MyNightstandRunnethOver Just checked it out of the library. 2y
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rwmg Excellent book. My bookclub read it last year. My partner works with autistic kids and was very impressed. I'm keeping an eye open for his next. 2y
mhillis Looking forward to your review! I read it last month and it was interesting. Recommend this one too 2y
Louise Good book! 👌 2y
MatchlessMarie @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Awesome! I am wanting to expand my TBR with #actuallyautistic authors 💜 @Gezemice 🙌@MyNightstandRunnethOver 👍 @rwmg Awesome! My son is autistic but I despise most of what is written by so called “autism mommies” although I am one so I think I will like this one 😅 @mhillis Thanks for the rec! @Louise 💜 2y
alysonwrites I love this book! And if you enjoy this one you‘ll also want to check out Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8, written by the same author as a young man. I love that he is doing his dream in spite of the tremendous challenges he faces daily with autism. 2y
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avgeyer
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Highly recommend jumping (no pun intended!) on this kindle deal today. I absolutely loved this book, and it really sheds some light on what it can be like to live with Autism! #autismawareness

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Blaire
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This is a story written by a 13 year-old boy with autism. Read it based on a recommendation from Jon Stewart on the daily show. #novemberbythenumbers #day13

LitLogophile Loved this, and the Mitchell intro! 2y
emilyhaldi Been meaning to read this! I️ know @Reviewsbylola loved ❤️ 2y
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Sharpeipup
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#litsypartyofone motivated me to finish one book over breakfast #saturdaysleepin

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candyelf
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"But so long as we can learn to love ourselves, I'm not sure how much it matters whether we're normal or autistic." Naoki Higashida
Powerful book, especially for parents of a child with autism (well, for anybody who knows someone with autism). I don't know anyone with autism, but for me it was a book with strong message. I can't believe Naoki was only thirteen years old when he wrote this book! What a great mind

Libby1 I thought this book provides amazing insights. 2y
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candyelf
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Hi bookworms! School started and I've finally moved to dorm. I'm here for two weeks already and I'm so homesick! Well, at least I have company of good books 🤓 Today I've started reading this book by Naoki Higashida, 13 years old boy with autism. This book lets us see whats happening inside of autistic mind 💙💙💙

Cinfhen Is this your first time away from home? It's always an adjustment but soon you'll find your tribe 💕hang in there‼️ 2y
April2 I read this book a little while back! It's pretty good x 2y
candyelf @Cinfhen no, it's my second year, it was just really hard for me to come back here after the whole summer spent with friends and family 😊but thank you 💙 2y
candyelf @April2 I think so too! Lots of inspirational quotes I just had to write down! 2y
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Weave
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Please note ~ Book 76 is not listed because the book is not on Litsy's lists ~ The World of Shadow by Kate Hamer ~ Rating: 3/5

77 ~ The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida (Kindle edition📱) ~ Started: 01.08.17 ~ Finished: 01.08.17
Rating: 5/5📚

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Cheryl2
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Pickpick

My daughter found this treasure in Waterstones, it was only £1 due to cover damage. This book gives a pure insight into the world of an autistic child. As a children's counsellor I have read many books about Autism and have counselled many children on the Spectrum this book gave me so much insight and answers more than any other I've read. It's a book you can read over and over again.

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Laura317
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I devoured The Reason I Jump as I have a 13 year-old-nephew that is on the autism spectrum. I am using Naoki 's story to help me better understand Josh. I see so many things that he does that's explained by another 13 y.o. autistic boy. I feel like this will make our close relationship even closer. Understanding is everything. And, I knocked another spot off my #tbrbingo card! Win/Win!

tpixie Victory all the way around!! 🎉 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It was good and insightful wasn't it? Glad you liked it. 2y
WhatDeeReads Cheers! Although, I thought you were going with 2y
Laura317 @tpixie 😀 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Absolutely insightful! @WhatDeeReads I was, but I kinda forgot. 😝 2y
WhatDeeReads @Laura317 LOL! It happens. But now you gotta read 2y
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sb3626
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"...nothing is more important than being able to express myself." Already only a few pages in and I am fascinated with the author.

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sb3626
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Looking forward to starting this book and gaining insight into what living with autism is truly like. Seems like an incredible thirteen year old already.

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lgbtbooknerd
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The Reason I Jump is an eye-opening look into the daily life of an autistic person, with all of its ups and downs. Naoki Higashida explains his personal experiences with autism in a simultaneously heartbreaking and inspiring way. This book helped me better understand autism, and perhaps is a good reminder that there are real human beings beneath disabilities. Only complaint: some questions were restated and the book became slightly repetitive.

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aneirys
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To give the short version, I've learnt that every human being, with or without disabilities, needs to strive to do their best, and by striving for happiness you will arrive at happiness. For us, you see, having autism is normal -- so we can't know for sure what your 'normal' is even like. But so long as we can learn to love ourselves, I'm not sure how much it matters whether we're normal or austitic.

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rachelsbrittain
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These books went back to the library today, but i definitely learned a lot that can hopefully be put to use in some upcoming writing projects. I think my favorites of the bunch were The Reason I Jump and Born on a Blue Day.

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violabrain
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This should be required reading for everyone, but especially parents, educators, and those who work directly with autistic children. After reading this book, it's clear to me that as a society, we fundamentally misunderstand autism and the inner experience of those who are autistic. This book will take you about an hour to read, so pick it up today! Also, look at that cover!!

violabrain Also a great companion to , sent to me by @msbookleaf in her #SummerSantaGoesPostalBox! Another great book! 2y
violabrain Sorry, somehow that comment got posted all out of order! Hopefully what I meant is still intelligible… 2y
msbookleaf It's difficult to edit in Litsy! I knew what you meant! (PS got your card - thank you!) 2y
violabrain @msbookleaf Oh good! Glad it arrived! :) 2y
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penguin-86
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This is a great insight into the world of autism. Very good at making you think about Naoki's world.

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avgeyer
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Pickpick

This book gave me a new insight into the many sides to autism, both as a behavior analyst who has worked with children on the spectrum for years, and as a mom to a little boy with ASD. I will definitely view some of his behaviors a little differently now that I have read this perspective. I recommend that everyone reads this, but especially if someone you love is on the spectrum.

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avgeyer
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THIS!

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avgeyer
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💙💙💙

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rachelsbrittain
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"To give the short version, I've learned that every human being, with or without disabilities, needs to strive to do their best, & by striving for happiness you will arrive at happiness. For us, you see, having autism is normal--so we can't know for sure what your "normal" is even like. But so long as we can learn to love ourselves, I'm not sure how much it matters whether we're normal or autistic."

A fascinating, beautiful, & informative read.

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rachelsbrittain
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Library haul with lots of research for a new project I'm working on. Excited to dive into them 😊

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MatchlessMarie
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Here are some from my June #TBR aside from audio and kindle books. As you can see I am a frequent flyer at my local library 🤓 #splashintosummerreads

BibliophileMomma Pines is really good. 2y
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Cinfhen
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This is a short but powerful read. I found the foreword by David Mitchell very compelling. He drew a vivid picture of the daily struggles one living with autism experiences. I marvel at the wisdom & insight young Naoki Higashida was able to express:
1. "Please don't judge us from the outside only."
2. "Every single thing has its own unique beauty."
3. "Try to understand how difficult it is not to be able to express yourself."
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Cinfhen Thank you @Reviewsbylola for sharing this book with me. Hugs to your wonderful little girl 💓💓 2y
Ms_T Lovely review 😀 2y
Cinfhen Thank you @Ms_T 😊 2y
Wife I haven't read this yet, but I found a copy at #DollarTree 2y
Reviewsbylola Thanks so much. I find myself relating to bits and pieces of this book every day. 2y
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Cinfhen
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I've been waiting weeks for this OverDrive request...it finally arrived! Jumping in and thinking of you @Reviewsbylola 💕💕

Spiderfelt This book shook me. I want to hand it out to all the parents, to my kids, to everyone I've ever heard complain about someone who is a little 'odd'. Let me spend a little time inside a mind that works a little differently than mine. 2y
Reviewsbylola Yay, enjoy! 2y
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CherylRussell
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"The Reason I Jump" is written by Naoki Higashida, a Japanese boy with autism. Even though he is non-verbal, he has developed communication skills through writing and those skills allow Naoki's intelligence, humor, and personality to live on the page. The format of the book is Q&A. A question about autism is asked and Naoki's thoughtful answers are a very personal entry into his life. Even though he can't talk, he is a skilled communicator.

Cinfhen Still waiting on my library copy 😬 2y
CherylRussell @Cinfhen I think it will be worth the wait. 👍🏻🙂 2y
Laura317 I have this book. I can't wait to read it. 2y
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Chelseabillups30
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This book was nothing like I had assumed it would be, but I'm so glad it was written. It comes from the perspective of a boy with autism, and it's mostly Q&A format that clears up misconceptions and questions regarding many aspect of life with autism is so poignant, the vulnerability to let readers into his world with disability is something I was I saw more of in this world, in books and other media platforms.

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Chelseabillups30

Nature calms me down when I am furious,and laughs with me when I'm happy. You might not think it's possible that nature could be a friend, not really. But human beings are part of the animal kingdom too....l'll always cherish the part of me that thinks of nature as a friend.

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Chelseabillups30
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Everyone carries within them profound wisdom.

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Chelseabillups30

Normal people think we are highly dependent and can't live without ongoing support, but in fact there are times when we're stoic heroes.

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Chelseabillups30
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This. This is why AUTISM ACCEPTANCE, not awareness is a crucial distinction to make. Exercising empathy leads to understanding. Understanding fosters acceptance.

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Chelseabillups30
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My grandpa taught my mom to keep track of and look up words as she read that she didn't know....the thought of this actually came back to me while reading Orange is the New Black, but I never remembered to do it while getting wrapped up in that book! So I found this new (to me) app called Word Bucket that defines and saves words you search. I have a feeling it's about to get loaded with lots of new words!