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Emergence by Temple Grandin
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May 29, 2008

really liked it
Read in June, 2008

I am reading this book for a Developmental Variations grad school course and already I'm blown away. It is the autobiographical story of a functioning autistic woman (she would call herself "recovered autistic" but I still notice some qualities of autism seep out in her writing). Regardless of what you label her, she is a successful woman who overcame her disabilities characterised by intense nerve attacks and tantrums, hitting as the only form of communication with peers, and deplorable school grades, to graduate salutatorian of her class in college and move beyond.
She basically invents a machine to help her work through some of her autistic problems, and despite avid backlash from those around her, she develops her invention with the intention of helping others with it.
I still have about 100 pages to go on this but I am enthralled and I suggest it to anyone interested in autism.

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