Friday, August 13, 2021

Different, Not Less: Ultimate Success Stories from People with Autism and Asperger's by Temple Grandin (author), Colleen Patrick (narrator)

Future Horizons, January 2017

This is a collection of success stories from a variety of very different people on the autism spectrum, selected and with introductions by Temple Grandin. The people are very different, their stories are very different, and their definitions of success are very different.

For some, success is holding down a job, however modest, and being able to support themselves. For others, there's considerable professional success, in technology, art, teaching, and business in various forms.

Some have found  that marriage and romantic romantic relationships are not a thing they are successful at, no matter how well they do in other areas of life. Some have built successful marriages, though often only after being diagnosed as autistic, enabling them and their partners to understand their behavior better.

These are diverse, fascinating individuals, who have learned to understand and work with, rather than against, their autism. Having been recently been diagnosed as autistic myself, after a lifetime of trying to be "normal," with feelings of frustration and failure at how out of place I feel in many "normal" settings, while "hiding" in setting where geeks and nerds set the standard for "normal" and I feel far more at home, this definitely resonated for me.

These are the stories of people who "don't fit in," yet have found ways to live that work for them and let them be themselves.


I bought this audiobook.

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