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Readers' Choice: Favorite New Special-Needs Parenting Book

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Finalist: Thinking Person's Guide to Autism
Thinking Person's Guide to Autism
Image courtesy of Shannon Des Roches Rosa

Title: Thinking Person's Guide to Autism
Subtitle: What You Really Need to Know About Autism: from Autistics, Parents, and Professionals
Editors: Shannon Des Roches Rosa, Jennifer Byde Myers, Liz Ditz, Emily Willingham, and Carol Greenburg
Length: 355 pages
Website: thinkingautismguide.blogspot.com/
Finalist for: Favorite New Special-Needs Parenting Book

Message from the Editors: "We created Thinking Person's Guide to Autism to be the smart, compassionate, one-stop autism handbook that didn't exist when autism first came into our lives. We think John Elder Robison's review sums up our approach beautifully: 'The best thing about this book is that all its stories are told from a perspective of compassion, acceptance, and love; three of the four elements that are key to building a better life. The fourth element -- determination -- is evidenced by readers when they make the decision to buy a book like this as a step on a journey to a better tomorrow.'"

Excerpt from the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism:

From the Introduction
This is the book we wish we'd been given when autism first became part of our lives: a toolkit bursting with carefully curated, evidence-based information from autism parents, autistics, and autism professionals.

The goal of Thinking Person's Guide to Autism is to help you fast-forward past society’s rampant autism fabrications and negativity by providing clear, thoughtfully presented, balanced, and referenced information. We also want you to understand that autism awareness and acceptance are not merely noble but also necessary attitudes -- and are separate matters from the autistic and other autism communities' never-ending fights for medical, legal, social, and educational accommodation.

While this book contains experienced perspectives and well-researched evidence, our goal is not to tell you what to do. We believe the best thing we can do for ourselves and for our children -- out of love and out of common sense -- is to acquire the most reliable autism information available. Like a good, wise friend, the essays in this collection simply lay out information that will help you sift through media and Internet noise, or even the autism perspectives you encounter in your daily life.

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