• The cover of the book In a Different Key

    In a Different Key

    ABC Correspondent John Donvan and news producer Caren Zucker share more than veteran journalism careers; they each have a connection to autism. Caren’s son Mickey was diagnosed in 1996 and John’s brother-in-law grew up with the disease in Israel in a time before it was acknowledged or widely understood. The two have teamed up again, this time as authors, to pen the history of autism, beginning with the first child ever diagnosed and spanning the years of work by pioneering doctors and lawyers, as well as social misconceptions that once called for institutionalizing autistic children. Donvan and Zucker’s extensive research creates a new understanding of autism: as difference rather than disability.

     
  • The cover of the book Look Me in the Eye

    Look Me in the Eye

    As a teenager, John Robison’s behavior—blurting out non-sequiturs, avoiding eye contact and repeatedly burying his brother (author Augusten Burroughs) in a hole in the backyard—earned him the label of “social deviant.” A late-in-life diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome helped him understand why his mind works the way it does and this darkly funny memoir is a heartfelt exploration of what he’s gleaned.

     
  • The cover of the book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    This bestselling-novel has seen great success on Broadway after it was adapted for the stage in 2014. Haddon’s fifteen-year-old main character Christopher John Francis Boone knows all of the world’s capitals and prime numbers up to 7,057 but can’t stand to be touched. His well-ordered life goes off the rails when his neighbor’s dog is murdered, but Christopher sets off to solve the mystery, using—what else?—logic.

     
  • The cover of the book The Reason I Jump

    The Reason I Jump

    This unique book truly shines a light on what goes on inside an autistic brain; author Naoki Higashida was thirteen when he painstakingly penned this book—a collection of answers to frequently asked questions about autism. Brought to English translation by David Mitchell (CLOUD ATLAS, THE BONE CLOCKS) and his wife, this read is illuminating and beautifully written.

     
  • The cover of the book The Spark

    The Spark

    The incredible story of one mother, who trusted her instincts, ignored the experts and specialists and saw her autistic son’s capabilities bloom as a result. Barnett pulled her son out of special education and began focusing on the strengths he did have, instead of his shortcomings. By attending mainstream school and spending time working things he was passionate about, Jacob has grown by leaps and bounds, now developing an astrophysics theory that could put him in the running to win a Nobel Prize.