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Autism Mothers Speak Out

Autism Mothers Speak Out

Stories of Advocacy and Activism from Around the World

Edited by Maggi Golding and Jill Stacey

Quick Overview

From America to Australia, and stopping off in every continent in between, these stories from mothers of autistic children highlight changing attitudes to autism. Debunking the myth that autism is a result of bad parenting, this book radiates with the warmth of parent-child relationships and unites autism families across the globe.
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Paperback / softback
2018, 8.66in x 6.54in / 220mm x 166mm, 168pp
ISBN: 9781785925153
2018, ePUB, 168pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-906-4
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Raising an autistic child comes with its own unique set of challenges, not least of which is dealing with the constant scrutiny of your parenting. This collection of stories from all corners of the globe celebrates the love, commitment and heroism of mothers of autistic people. These intimate accounts reveal both the differences in cultural attitudes, and the universality of the autism experience.

Mothers from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds speak out about the highs and lows of raising autistic children, and the shift in attitudes to autism as they watch their children enter adult life. Putting to bed the belief that autism is a result of poor parenting, this book not only lets parents know they are part of a supportive global community, it also highlights the positive aspects of autism and champions neurodiversity.


'A wonderful collection of stories by parents from all over the world of their children's lives with ASD. These portrayals from different families and their different situations convey, as one parent wrote, 'Happiness and fulfillment of the dreams of our children with autism are in our hands'. As one reads through these stories, often with tears in one's eyes, we revel in their heroism, hard work, and joy, from what they and their children have achieved together.'
- Gary B. Mesibov, Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina

'Inspirational stories of unconditional love by mothers raising a child with autism into adulthood. Mothers who have tremendous strength and determination to achieve quality of life and happiness for their children and many other people with autism. An affirmation from around the world that mothers are the key to understanding their child's autism.'
- Hilde De Clercq, Director of the Centre for Training on Autism Belgium, Parent, and Author