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With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child (With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child #4)

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When staffing changes at Masato's company get him transferred to a dead-end job in the middle of nowhere, more suffering and despair seem imminent for the Azuma family. However, Masato approaches the situation with aplomb and comes up with new ways to pave the way for Hikaru and those like him to become "cheerful working adults"...with surprising results. Hikaru himself ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Yen Press (first published March 3rd 2009)
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Spider the Doof Warrior
Mar 05, 2013 Spider the Doof Warrior rated it it was amazing
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This was so good and sweet. I love these manga. Best things I've read about autism.
Plus it makes all of these points about figuring out how to make sure autistic adults have good jobs so they can be independent and live the best possible life.
Fantastic!
Kirstie
With the Light is the wonderful tale of Sachiko Azuma and her autistic son, Hikaru. Mild spoilers ahead.

Masato's (Hikaru's father) awful boss forces him into a transfer to the boonies. Masato channels some of his wife amazing strength and instead of sitting around bored in a hot room with no air-conditioning he snatches the opportunity to finally get all his ideas down on paper, enabling him to get a promotion out of that dead-end. We also get to enjoy a lot of speculation about Hikaru's future
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Angela
Aug 22, 2010 Angela rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who interacts with autistic children
Shelves: graphic
In another volume of the already lengthy series about autistic Hikaru, Keiko Tobe continues the story of Hikaru's family and school friends, this time fleshing out incidences of institutional abuse and his father's workplace struggles after exile to a branch office. As always, the series offers wonderful insight into the peculiarities of Japanese workplace, school, and family culture and the struggles those with disabilities face. Despite some topics being reemphasized, the series succeeds at ...more
Aiyana
Jun 16, 2014 Aiyana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: disability
My overall review of the series is with the first volume, here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

In this volume, Hikaru's family begins to think more about his future-- sending him to high school and planning vocational training so that he can earn a living as an adult. The spend some time on the process of testing him for aptitudes and abilities, and give some insight into how autistic skills can vary greatly-- or be viewed very differently-- in different contexts, depending on the obser
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Nicholas Whyte
Jan 05, 2012 Nicholas Whyte rated it liked it
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Next in the series of manga volumes about bringing up a child with autism. Apart from the main story line about Hikaru and his mother Sachiko, there is a sub-plot (bolstered by appendices) about Hikaru's father Masato setting up a factory which will employ people with disabilities, and a couple of disturbing threads about children being abused in residential care. The book ends with Hikaru preparing to leave elementary school, the next stage of his educati
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Jun 24, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing
This series! I wish every parent could read it. It parallels so much of my experience as a parent of a child with Autism. I feel recharged, empowered, and hopeful when I read these books. It not only explains how the parents and caregivers feel, it actually gives thoughtful and practical advice on how to navigate situations with child with ASD.
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Keiko Tobe (1957-January 28, 2010) was a mangaka who wrote primarily josei manga. She was best known for creating With the Light, which won an Excellence Prize in the Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2004 from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs and inspired a television drama.
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