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Finding a Different Kind of Normal

Finding a Different Kind of Normal

Misadventures with Asperger Syndrome

Jeanette Purkis
Foreword by Donna Williams

Paperback: £15.99 / $24.95

2006, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 192pp
ISBN: 978-1-84310-416-2, BIC 2: BG JM

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Jeanette Purkis spent her early life reacting violently against her feelings of embarrassment, anger and confusion about her 'difference' from other people. She was unaware until well into adulthood that everything she found difficult, including her lack of success in forming relationships, could be a result of having Asperger Syndrome.

Used to being a misfit from a very young age, Jeanette found that being a member of a group in which she had a label - Jeanette the Communist; Jeanette, Enemy of the State; Jeanette the convict; Jeanette the drug addict - gave her a sense of order she could depend on, particularly in prison, where each day had a set routine and the inmates accepted her because of her rebel attitude. Finally diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at the age of 20, the author only began to accept her diagnosis some years later when she felt for the first time that she might learn to cope with being herself.

Jeanette's remarkable life and her journey towards finding a different kind of normal is compelling and inspiring reading for people with autism spectrum disorders, and those living or working with them.

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The Wonderful World of Work launches at the National Library of Australia.

29 May 2014

On Wednesday 21 May, Jeanette Purkis’ new book, The Wonderful World of Work: A Workbook for Asperteens, was officially launched at the National Library of Australia in Canberra. The Wonderful World of Work is an activity book about employment which aims to give teenagers on the autism spectrum the confidence and skills they need to...

Inmate to Artist: Jeanette Purkis’ Misadventures with Asperger Syndrome

1 June 2010

"When I was young, I had no self-esteem and figured the difficulties my Asperger's caused made it impossible for me to achieve anything. I gave up on myself and the world. Now that I am older, I realise that Asperger's is probably the main reason that I have been able to achieve so much..."

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Cover of The Wonderful World of Work

The Wonderful World of Work

A Workbook for Asperteens

Jeanette Purkis
Illustrated by Andrew Hore