Books written by autistic authors

A first hand account

If we are to understand a complex condition like autism spectrum disorder it’s so important that we gain an insider’s view. When we begin our journey researching autism the first thing that we learn is that autism affects people very differently and no two people who are autistic have the same autistic traits. With this in mind it’s really important that we discover first hand accounts of how different autistic people perceive their condition and how they have learnt to interact with the world. Here is a list of fantastic books written by authors on the autistic spectrum that are differently worth a read.

All in the genes

When it comes to developmental disorders of the brain, such as autism spectrum disorder, males are at far greater risk than females. Boys, on average, are five times more likely to have autism than girls . What causes this disparity has largely remained unknown although recent research uncovered compelling genetic evidence suggesting girls have a higher tolerance for harmful genetic mutations than boys. This explains why there are more books written by autistic male authors than female authors.



List of autistic authors and their books, sorted by gender

Male authors

Sean Barron – There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom


Charles Martel Hale –I Had No Means to Shout


John Hall Am I Still Autistic: How a Low-Functioning, Slightly Retarded Toddler Became the CEO of a Multi-Million Dollar Corporation


Kenneth Hall – Asperger Syndrome, the Universe and Everything


Patrick McCabe – Living and Loving with Asperger Syndrome: Family Viewpoints


Thomas A. McKean – Light on the Horizon: A Deeper View from Inside the Autism Puzzle


Roger Meyer – Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook: An Employment Workbook for Adults with Asperger


Tito R. Mukhopadhyay – Beyond the Silence: My Life, the World and Autism


Jerry Newport – Autism: Asperger’s and Sexuality – Puberty and Beyond


Craig Romkema – Embracing the Sky: Poems Beyond Disability 1st edition by Craig Romkema (2002) Paperback


Edgar Schneider – Living the Good Life with Autism


Daniel Stefanski – How to Talk to an Austistic Kid


Christopher Slater-Walker – An Asperger Marriage


Stephen Wiltshire – Floating Cities

Female authors 


Jen Birch – Congratulations! It’s Asperger Syndrome


Lucy Blackman – Lucy’s Story: Autism and Other Adventures


Jennifer Fan – Cinderella with Wrong Shoes: Poems by a young woman with autism


Temple Grandin – Thinking in Pictures


Liane Holliday Willey – Asperger Syndrome in Adolescence: Living with the Ups, the Downs and Things in Between

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4 thoughts on “Books written by autistic authors”

  1. Wow. I didn’t know that there were so many autistic authors. I wish there was a way for my brother to share his story. He unfortunately is unable to communicate in a way that would allow his story to be shared with others. I often find myself wondering what he’s thinking. Thank you so much for sharing your ebook. I’ve put it on my list of things to read and will definitely be sharing i with my family. I hope you have a great evening!

    1. I’m Mark and I built this website with my brother Adrian who is unable to talk, read or write but together we found ways to work together to give Adrian a voice. We try many different, unconventional and creative ways to communicate. We draw pictures together, search for insects together, go for long walks together… we also use widget symbols and makaton sign language but we often find that we communicate in our own unique ways that we have discovered together. Please download our free eBook. This 15 page eBook was written for Adrian to help him make a great first impression to new people that come into his life. I would love you to write one for your brother.

  2. There are so many books to read about Autism and I am please to know that they are written by authors who are autistic. My autistic son is non verbal and he is too close to me then his siblings and his father. I think that we communicate and understand each other more than any body else. I learned through your post that little things like drawing pictures or catching insects together is communicating as well. I am now going to do more creative things with my son.

    1. Hello Brenda, thank you so much for your comment. You have made my day. I am so happy that I have helped in some small way to pass on what Adrian and I have learnt about communication. Nonverbal communication can often be 10 times more powerful if you discover that special something that interests that person. I hope you and your son enjoy your new adventure to discover your new ways to communicate. I wish you the very best 🙂

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