Publication Date: May 24, 2019
Series: Practitioner Inquiry Series
Autobiography on the Spectrum challenges prevailing notions about autism by offering a critically unconventional perspective—the viewpoint of adolescents, themselves, on the spectrum. Examining a year-long inquiry, Myers highlights the autobiographical works of the students through writing, photography, poetry, art, and more. She argues that autistic youth are not being accurately depicted in current research, not because they are unable to represent their own experiences, but because their experiences are not always valued. In contrast, this book explores how autistic youth can (and do) represent themselves and shows educators how to create a space for the voices of these students. Offering a deep look into a world that is rarely seen, Autobiography on the Spectrum is a critical resource for teacher preparation and professional learning in any field that interacts with individuals with autism or other disabilities.
Beth A. Myers is an assistant professor and director of the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University.
“Beth Myer’s book, Autobiography on the Spectrum, gives voice to the lives and experiences of a group of students labeled autistic and, in so doing, provides a powerful counter-narrative to deficit perspectives that characterize autism in terms of deficiency and disease. This splendid book will appeal to anyone committed to the principle that all people are thoughtful, interesting, and competent—even if they’ve had a label attached to them.”
—Curt Dudley-Marling, professor emeritus, Boston College