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Donna Williams

Donna Williams was born in Australia in 1963. She was assessed at age two as psychotic, labelled disturbed and tested for deafness throughout childhood before being diagnosed as autistic in 1990. Today she is an internationally best-selling author with nine published books, an artist, singer-songwriter and emerging screenwriter. One of the most well-known people with autism in the world, Donna is a renowned international public speaker, a qualified teacher and has worked as an autism consultant since 1995.

JKP publications by Donna Williams

  1.  Selective Mutism In Our Own Words

    Selective Mutism In Our Own Words

    Experiences in Childhood and Adulthood

    Carl Sutton and Cheryl Forrester. Foreword by Donna Williams

    For the first time, people with Selective Mutism (SM) share their personal experiences of the condition, shedding light on how it affects everyday life and activities at home, school and in relationships. Young people and adults describe how they cope with SM and its associated difficulties, providing insights into this misunderstood condition. Learn More
    2015, Paperback / softback, 8.50in x 5.43in / 216mm x 138mm, 272pp, £14.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84905-636-6
    2015, Ebook, ePUB, 272pp, £14.99
    ISBN: 978-1-78450-114-3
  2.  Autism All-Stars

    Autism All-Stars

    How We Use Our Autism and Asperger Traits to Shine in Life

    Edited by Josie Santomauro

    `Contributors from across the world share their experiences of creating a successful life on the autism spectrum. The positive and inspiring voices in this book explain how it is possible to draw on autistic strengths not just to make your way in the world, overcoming challenges and obstacles, but also to make your life a real success. Learn More
    2011, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 192pp, £12.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-188-8
    2011, Ebook, ePUB, 192pp, £12.99
    ISBN: 978-0-85700-600-4
  3. A Book About What Autism Can Be Like

    A Book About What Autism Can Be Like

    Sue Adams

    Chris and Andrew are here to help people understand the experiences of a child with autism, and how others can help by understanding how they are different, and recognising their unique talents. This fully-illustrated book is targeted at boys and girls aged 5+, and also serves as an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions. Learn More
    2008, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 48pp, £8.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-940-2
    2008, Ebook, ePUB, 48pp, £8.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84642-868-5
  4. A Blessing and a Curse

    A Blessing and a Curse

    Autism and Me

    Caiseal Mór

    In this courageous and captivating autobiography, Mór vividly captures his early experiences of dissociation from his true existence - a common reaction by children suffering from repeated abuse. The path towards discovering his true identity and accepting himself takes him on a spiritual pilgrimage ending in the revelation of love and acceptance. Learn More
    2007, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 208pp, £15.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-573-2
    2007, Ebook, ePUB, 208pp, £15.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84642-625-4
  5.  Finding a Different Kind of Normal

    Finding a Different Kind of Normal

    Misadventures with Asperger Syndrome

    Jeanette Purkis

    Jeanette Purkis spent her early life reacting violently against feelings of embarrassment, anger and confusion about her 'difference' from other people. She was unaware until adulthood that this could be a result of having Asperger Syndrome. Jeanette's remarkable life and her journey towards finding a different kind of normal is inspiring reading. Learn More
    2006, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 192pp, £15.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-416-2
    2006, Ebook, ePUB, 192pp, £15.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84642-469-4
  6. The Jumbled Jigsaw

    The Jumbled Jigsaw

    An Insider's Approach to the Treatment of Autistic Spectrum `Fruit Salads'

    Donna Williams

    This book exposes autism spectrum disorders as a combination of a whole range of often underlying conditions. Exploring everything from mood, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and tic disorders to information processing and sensory perceptual difficulties and more, Donna demonstrates how such conditions can combine to form a 'cluster condition'. Learn More
    2005, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 392pp, £25.00
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-281-6
    2005, Ebook, ePUB, 392pp, £25.00
    ISBN: 978-1-84642-461-8
  7.  Not Just Anything

    Not Just Anything

    A Collection of Thoughts on Paper

    Donna Williams

    Donna takes you on a poetic adventure into places past, present and beyond. Often intertwined with the world of autistic experience, her writings divulge with immediacy, a person in the grip of overload and shutdowns, of extreme sensory and emotional highs and passions, of alienation from self, from body and fear of the intensity of emotion. Learn More
    2004, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 144pp, £14.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-228-1
  8.  Everyday Heaven

    Everyday Heaven

    Journeys Beyond the Stereotypes of Autism

    Donna Williams

    This is the fourth installment in Williams' series of autobiographies about her life with autism. A humorous, riveting, roller-coaster of a book, Everyday Heaven covers the monumental nine years from the time Ian left their accidental, 'autistic marriage', to finally knowing what life was like without the invisible cage of her 'Exposure Anxiety'. Learn More
    2004, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 176pp, £15.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-211-3
    2004, Ebook, ePUB, 176pp, £15.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84642-081-8
  9.  Exposure Anxiety - The Invisible Cage

    Exposure Anxiety - The Invisible Cage

    An Exploration of Self-Protection Responses in the Autism Spectrum and Beyond

    Donna Williams

    Exposure anxiety is increasingly understood as a crippling condition affecting a high proportion of people on the autism spectrum. Based on personal experience, this book describes the condition and its underlying physiological causes, and presents approaches and strategies that can be used to combat it. Learn More
    2002, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 336pp, £25.00
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-051-5
    2002, Ebook, ePUB, 336pp, £25.00
    ISBN: 978-1-84642-357-4
  10.  Nobody Nowhere

    Nobody Nowhere

    A music CD

    Donna Williams

    This music CD features poems written or co-written by Donna Williams set to music which she has composed. The poems provide a personal insight, revealing to the non-autistic how the world appears to the autistic person. Learn More
    2000, CD-Audio, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, £25.43
    ISBN: 978-1-85302-899-1
  11. A Positive Approach to Autism

    A Positive Approach to Autism

    Stella Waterhouse

    Waterhouse investigates how people with autism perceive the world, and discusses the symptoms, behaviours and possible causes of the condition. She emphasises the importance of taking into account the views of people with autism and their families. This is a practical and sympathetic book, of interest to professionals and non-professionals alike. Learn More
    1999, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 384pp
  12.  Donna Williams Autobiography, 3-volume set

    Donna Williams Autobiography, 3-volume set

    Somebody Somewhere, Nobody Nowhere and Like Colour to the Blind

    Donna Williams

    This is a 3-volume set comprising the books Nobody Nowhere, Somebody Somewhere and Like Colour to the Blind. Learn More
    1998, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 704pp, £37.50
    ISBN: 978-1-85302-765-9
  13.  Nobody Nowhere

    Nobody Nowhere

    The Remarkable Autobiography of an Autistic Girl

    Donna Williams

    Nobody Nowhere is an account of the soul of someone who lived the word 'autism' and survived in an unsympathetic environment despite intense inner chaos and incomprehension. It describes how, against the odds, Donna came to live independently, achieve a place at university, and write this remarkable autobiography. Learn More
    1998, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 192pp, £13.99
    ISBN: 978-1-85302-718-5
    2009, Ebook, PDF, 192pp, £13.99
    ISBN: 978-0-85700-579-3
  14.  Somebody Somewhere

    Somebody Somewhere

    Breaking Free from the World of Autism

    Donna Williams

    This book takes us deeper into Williams' journey. She recounts the funny, sometimes harrowing awakenings arising from sessions with a cognitive psychologist. We travel with her in her breakthroughs in working with autistic children and adults like her, as she finally finds a way of 'simply being' among others, without selling out who she really is. Learn More
    1998, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 208pp
  15.  Like Colour to the Blind

    Like Colour to the Blind

    Soul Searching and Soul Finding

    Donna Williams

    In Donna's relationship with Ian, a man with difficulties related to her own, we watch the two of them break through their rock-solid emotional barriers and dare to defy all the rules imposed by the autistic condition of 'exposure anxiety'. Their struggle is told with Donna's characteristic humour, insight and sense of fragility. Learn More
    1998, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 304pp
  16.  Autism and Sensing

    Autism and Sensing

    The Unlost Instinct

    Donna Williams

    Williams explains how the senses of autistic people work, suggesting they are 'stuck' at an early development stage common to everyone. She calls this the system of sensing, claiming that most people move to the system of interpretation which enables them to make sense of the world, but they lose various abilities which people with autism retain. Learn More
    1998, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 200pp
  17.  Autism: An Inside-Out Approach

    Autism: An Inside-Out Approach

    An Innovative Look at the 'Mechanics' of 'Autism' and its Developmental 'Cousins'

    Donna Williams

    This book, written by an autistic person for people with autism and related disorders, carers, and the professionals who work with them, is a practical handbook to understanding, living with and working with autism. It shows clearly how the behaviours associated with autism can have a range of different causes. Learn More
    1996, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 336pp