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“But you don’t seem autistic”, it’s time to dispel clichés

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“But you don’t seem autistic”, it’s time to dispel clichés

“But you don’t seem autistic” is a book written by Bianca Toepsa young Dutch autistic woman, published in Italy by the publishing house ‘Il Margine’, with a preface by Fabrizio Acanforaan Italian autistic person who has long been active on autism issues.

In my opinion, the book fits very well into a thematic trend that has been developing significantly for years, namely that of the treatment of autism, conducted by the autistic people who experience this condition.

The proliferation of these works responds on the one hand to the growing need of autistic people to represent themselves also through the first-person narration of their own life experience and on the other to the growing interest of the general public, resulting from the strong growth in the number of diagnoses of autism and therefore of non-autistic people personally involved in the topic at family or professional level.

Archive Diary of an autistic boy

The book

I approached reading this book with joy because I am also an autistic person and I have published three books on my autism and therefore I felt at home in this reading.

The underlying theme of the entire work is that very often what non-autistics think of autistic people is very different from what autistic people think of themselves and live and experience every day. Hence the need to tell one’s story, to explain one’s life and one’s difficulties.

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Autism spectrum disorders

Bianca Toeps tackles this task starting in a very original and I would say effective way, taking the definition of each of the famous “autism spectrum disorders” from the DSM-5 and describing them as they are experienced by her or by other autistic people. This is not to contest them but to move from the vision of the observing doctor to that of the observed autistic person.

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This change of observation point seemed remarkably effective to me because autism loses its sense of limitation and clinical context, appearing to be the condition of people whose minds often function in a disharmonious and dysfunctional way compared to the reality in which they are called to live.

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The clichés

Bianca then goes on to address the main preconceptions widespread today about autism and goes on to dismantle them and therefore overcome them in the most concrete and effective way, that is, with the narration of concrete stories of autistic people and with the difficulties they have had to face due to misunderstandings.

So if you want to better understand not so much autism in theory but autistic people in practice, this is definitely one of the books to read.

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