I’m compiling resources I’ve found helpful and instructive on the subject of Autism and ADHD or ADHD-Autism. Each item comes with a gloss that highlights what was most germane to me, which, admittedly, isn’t necessarily what will be of most interest to you. Consider this a list of prompts that you can investigate further, as you try to investigate yourself. This list will be continually updated.
Non-fiction Written Works
- Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking ed. Julia Bascom
- A collection of autoethnographic and civil rights essays, drawn from the US neurodivergency movement and focused primarily on autism.
- Nick Walker, Neuroqueer Heresies
- Nick has had her finger on the pulse of neurodivergency since the early 1990s, helping to coin many of the neurodivergency movements’ key terms. This book is a great, edited collection of her essays, but these can be readily found on her website too. Nick is an autistic, trans academic in the United States.
- David Byrne, How Music Works
- Not explicitly a work ‘about autism’ but written by an autistic (David Byrne, former frontman of Talking Heads). I find the way Byrne writes about music to show one of the more beautiful aspects of monotropism.
- Jack Monroe, ‘Go, Greta. Autism is my superpower too’. (Go, Greta. Autism is my superpower too | Jack Monroe | The Guardian)
- Personally not a big fan of ‘autism = superpower’, but different strokes for different folks. Perhaps more meaningful to me as someone who has used Monroe’s recipes since my undergraduate days and didn’t realise Jack was ADHD-Autistic.
- Steve Silberman’s NeuroTribes.
- Rebecca Wood ed. Learning from Autistic Teachers: How to Be a Neurodiversity-Inclusive School.
- Helpful for me as someone who tries to teach and wanting to hear from other autists in other areas of the education system.
- Tony Attwood, Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
- A book that forms part of the ‘medical model’ of disability. Not something I’d encourage viewing as authoritative, but useful for learning the language that this discourse uses which can be appropriated (terms such as alexithymia can be really helpful).
- My own writing, about autism.
- Diagnostic Digressions, or The Tyranny of the Imagined Normie. – No Gods, No Masters (nogodnomasters.blog)
- Laura Kate Dale, Uncomfortable Labels: My Life as a Gay Autistic Trans Woman
- A useful, autoethnographic resource for thinking about the intersectionality of autism, esp. in the context of transgender identity and mental illnesses.
- Chris Packham, Aspergers and Me,dir. Charlie Russell.
- Helpful, especially in Packham’s description of his relationship with Higher Education and the joys of monotropism.
- Sarah Hendricx, ‘Girls and Women and Autism: What’s the Difference?’. (https://youtu.be/yKzWbDPisNk)
- Something I’ve watched many times, as an autistic person who presents as more ‘female’. Hendricx, too, was ‘late diagnosed’ and discusses why and how women are often ‘missed’ and overlooked (i.e. the system is rigged, man!).
- Podcast: BBC, 1800 Seconds on Autism.
- Special mentions: ‘Neurotypicals are baffling’, ‘I don’t know how much pain I am in’, ‘Fern Brady on her recent autism diagnosis’, ‘What’s your bedtime routine’.
- An online community of people interested in the relationship between neurodivergency and narratives. Neurotypicals with autistic family and children, as well as neurominorities (such as autists) are in this space – some of the folks are within academia, some are working ‘outside’ of academia, some are doctoral researchers.