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  • Published: 1 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781864712322
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

Be Different

Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian




Vive la difference! Here are stories and advice to help Aspergians and ordinary geeks alike!

Vive la difference! Here are stories and advice to help Aspergians and ordinary geeks alike!

The author of the New York Times bestselling Look Me In the Eye returns with endearing stories and actionable advice that will help Aspergians, and even ordinary geeks, embrace being different and work on the things that hold them back in life.

With his usual honesty, dry wit, and unapologetic eccentricity, John Robison argues that Asperger's is about difference, not just disability. He offers stories from his own life and the lives of other Aspergians to give the reader a window into the Aspergian mind. Equally important, he offers practical advice - to Aspergians, their parents, and educators - on how Aspergians can improve the weak communication and social skills that keep them from taking full advantage of, or even recognising, their often remarkable gifts.

  • Pub date: 1 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781864712322
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the Author

John Elder Robison

John Robison lives with his wife and son in Amherst, Massachusetts. His company, J E Robison Service, repairs and restores classic cares such as Jaguars, Land Rovers, Rolls Royces and Bentleys. His website is www.johnrobison.com.

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Praise for Be Different

“Anyone with Asperger's, if not everyone else, will derive knowledge and pleasure from the wonderful stories told in John Elder Robison's newest book, Be Different. Clearly, John is one of our community's leading voices.”

Michael John Carley, author of Asperger's from the Inside Out and executive director of Grasp and Astep

“Be Different is a fascinating and unique guide for young people who may be struggling with autism and feel 'out of sync' with the world around them. John shares personal insights about growing up, feeling apart from his peers, and learning to modify his socialising skills and harness his gifts to discover his path to a successful life.”

Mark Roithmayr, president of Autism Speaks

“Robison offers down-to-earth life advice for his 'Aspie' peers and their friends, families and teachers ... recommended reading for anyone seeking to understand Aspergian children and adults.”

Kirkus

“Provides incredibly helpful advice to families learning to live with these challenges. Robison's clear writing provides substantial insight into the mind of someone whose disorder makes clarity very, very difficult ... a valuable read.”

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