The following is a list of blogs and books that I have found particularly inspirational and helpful.
Musings of an Aspie
The first blog I started reading when I discovered my autism, and the one that has been the most instrumental in my journey. In fact, it was after I stumbled upon Musings of an Aspie, started reading and realized how much I related, that I really began considering that I might be autistic. Since then, this blog has been an invaluable resource of knowledge and inspiration. Cynthia Kim is an excellent writer and has so often found the words to describe the most complicated thoughts.
A blog by a Dutch woman with adult-diagnosed autism. She is brave, real, and very refreshing. I love reading her honest and candid thoughts about life on the spectrum. She also has some recipes – the easy, doable, non-threatening kind.
Notes on Crazy
This blog is an account of one woman’s experience with adult-diagnosed autism, bipolar disorder, and EDNOS. Nattily is a brilliant writer, and I can relate to her experiences on so many levels. In addition to personal things, she also writes very informative posts about brains, organization, and communication. I pretty much instantly fell in love with this blog.
A blog by a fellow young, Canadian, self-diagnosed, autistic woman. She often tackles issues like the bullying and abuse that so often happens to autistic people. I can relate to many of the the things she talks about, and I’ve often felt like she’s put words to my experiences. She explains things wonderfully, and has a lot to say.
Emma’s Hope Book
This is a beautiful blog written mostly by Ariane Zurcher about her autistic daughter, Emma, as well as her personal journey towards accepting autism as a difference rather than a deficit. A very inspiring and thought provoking blog.
The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome by Tony Attwood
The most definitive book on Asperger’s by the leading expert on the field. It’s full of information with many real world examples. Even though much of the book is about children, it does not present a limiting view of AS and is actually quite useful for adults. I devoured this book in about three days, all the while feeling like I was reading the handbook to my own brain.
I Think I Might Be Autistic by Cynthia Kim
This book started out as a series of posts on adult diagnosis on Musings of an Aspie. It goes through the diagnostic process in a very detailed and informative way, with helpful examples and anecdotes. I would recommend it to anyone thinking about getting diagnosed. Having all of the information in this book made me feel much calmer about the whole idea.
Pretending to be Normal by Liane Holliday-Willey
A very real and moving account of growing up with undiagnosed autism. Liane writes beautifully, and I felt like I could really relate to her experiences. This was one of the first personal accounts of autism I read, and it was wonderful (and also a little painful) to read about someone like me.
Safety Skills for Asperger Women by Liane Holliday-Willey
A very helpful book, which details some of the practical, social, and emotional challenges autistic women face throughout their lives. Liane gives useful and non-judgemental advice on how to deal with these issues and keep oneself safe and happy as an independent autistic. While the book is written for women and draws on Liane’s personal experiences, I think much of the advice in this book could apply to any gender.