Buku tentang autisme ini ditulis oleh seorang dengan Asperger’s Syndrome. Membacanya sangat menarik sekali untuk saya, karena disini penulisnya menjelaskan autisme dari sisi orang yang autistik, bukan dari psikolog, ahli tumbuh kembang atau lainnya. Saya kutip sebagian Introductionnya disini. Untuk lengkapnya dapat di baca di link ini Congratulations! Your Child Is Strange.
To make a very long story short, I am not normal. I was not born normal, I did not develop normally, and barring some act of God, I will probably remain weird for the rest of my life. I started talking late. I didn’t act like a normal child. I rocked back and forth, I avoided other people, and so forth. When I was 3, my parents took me to the doctors concerned that there was something going on. The doctors did a physical examination and determined that there was nothing horribly wrong with me physically other than being skinny and short. I was just developing slower than most children. They told my parents that there was nothing they could do, and they should just wait for me to catch up. I suppose in retrospect, that was the closest diagnosis I could get to autism (commonly referred to as a developmental delay) at the time. The simple truth is that if I was born today I would be labeled as autistic before I reached 2 years old. Continue reading