There is a lot that we know and still more that we do not know about autism. The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism is a website that seeks to disseminate knowledge about autism for which there is a firm evidence base and foster a genuine discussion around those questions that remain unanswered. Now it has published a book and since I am one of the authors I reprint the announcement below and encourage you all to follow the links to the TPGA website and check it out for yourselves.
Monday, December 19, 2011
It has been an amazing year and a half since we began this adventure. We’re so pleased that the great work of our contributors is now available to any person searching for reliable, experienced, positive information about autism.
For all today’s smiles and pride, the truth is Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism’s inspiration was our persistent frustration with the negative autism stereotypes and misinformation we faced in parenting our children with autism, or advocating with/amplifying the signal of the amazing Autistic communities. As stated in our Mission, this book is the resource we wish we’d had when autism first became part of our lives: a one-stop source for carefully curated, evidence-based information from autism parents, autistics, and autism professionals.
We want to thank all of the amazing contributors to this website, and those authors in the first book (listed below); you are a wealth of knowledge. And of course, our work would not be complete without the dedication of our fantastic editors: Shannon Des Roches Rosa, our Executive Editor, devotes her time, experience, and tenacity to creating and guiding this group of works, and coaxes the best out of each of us. Liz Ditz uses her social media superpowers to recruit many strong skeptic and neurodiversity voices to our website and book. Emily Willingham, our science editor, consistently delivers her trademark literate compassion, whether writing about parenting or science. And there’s Carol Greenburg with her tension-breaking wit, her empathy and wisdom, and her pragmatic voice colored by her experience as a professional advocate, parent, and a self-advocate. [And Jennifer Byde Myers, without whose gorgeous writing, alchemy skills, and publishing experience this website and book could not have existed -SR.]
Together we constantly strive to provide the best information we can find to people new to autism — or new to positive, evidence-based approaches; provide insight to the professionals who serve our communities; and offer a well-lit path to individuals or families looking for a resource to help determine what “autism” will mean for them.
Thank you to our friends, our families, and the wonderful Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism community for making this book possible. Today is a good day.
With sincere gratitude- Jennifer Byde Myers for the TPGA Editors
Please see our Press Page to share the book’s release with media outlets or interested parties. You can purchase the book online at Amazon.com. The Kindle/eBook version will be available soon.