Two New Books Worth a Quick Look
Take a look at the latest in motivational and informative books that focus on autism. Whether it’s a gift for yourself or a friend, these books are sure to inspire
I’ve Got a Stat For You: My Life With Autism
By Andrew Edwards
At the age of four, Andrew Edwards was diagnosed with autism. “Go home and watch Rain Man,” the specialist told his mother. “In all probability, your son will be institutionalized.” Determined to prove the specialist wrong, Andrew’s mother set out to give her son the best life possible.
I’ve got a Stat for You is an honest and compelling account of one young man’s journey to manage his autism and achieve his goals. Raised in a single parent household and encountering bureaucracy, bullying, and a lack of understanding from many around him, Andrew emerged from a turbulent childhood to win a Welsh National Young Volunteer Award, give speeches on his condition, and secure his dream job as a statistician at Manchester United Television.
From Wrexham to Buckingham Palace, and incorporating stories of The Simpsons, sport, music, and strange smells – I’ve got a Stat for You is a powerful and inspirational tale that shows how determination, a positive outlook, and the will to succeed can overcome all odds!
Andrew Edwards was diagnosed with severe autism at the age of four. He lives in Wrexham, Wales.
This book is available in Paperback, Kindle and iBook versions.
Autism: The Gift That Needs to Be Opened
By Autism Society, Newfoundland, and Labrador
Families, world experts, and persons on the autism spectrum share their experiences in this collection of stories. With a focus on the positive aspects of autism and the importance of community involvement and early intervention, Autism: The Gift That Needs to Be Opened is a resource whose aim is to improve the lives of parents, educators, and persons who have autism spectrum disorder.
Awareness and advocacy for early diagnosis and treatment of autism have grown substantially over the past decade. According to Dr. Stephen Scherer, “There are new studies that show that every child who undergoes intensive behavioral intervention therapy improves in some way. In fact, I have heard rare stories of some children having full or near-full recoveries. The most important factor leading to positive outcomes, however, is to start such interventions early and, in the best-case scenario, even before the first signs of autism appear.”
These stories are inspirational and informative, while also serving as a reminder that individuals who have autism can, with the proper care and attention, lead full and productive lives and change the way we see the world.
All royalties from the sale of this book go to the Autism Society, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Contributors: B. T. Hall, Bridget Ricketts, Dawn Haire-Butt, Doug McCreary, Dwayne LaFitte, Heather Warner, Jessica Butt, Katrina Bajzak, Krista Preuss-Goudreault, Laura Hamlyn, Michael McCreary, Nicole Parsons, Roseanne Hickey-Hatchett, Sarah MacAulay, Stephen W. Scherer, Temple Grandin, Tom Jackman, Tori Oliver, Tricia Teeft.
Autism Society, Newfoundland and Labrador’s programs, services, and supports run from advocacy, on behalf of those people with autism spectrum disorder along with their families and caregivers, to outreach programs and employment opportunities. The goal of programming and outreach is to offer supports to clients in and around the St. John’s Metro area and to provide learning and growth opportunities in all areas of the province. Services are delivered from a staffed office with program space, each with a regional assistant manager, in the Avalon, Eastern, South Central, and Western regions.
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