Many people on the Autism spectrum (which includes Asperger’s Syndrome) have reached dizzy heights in their chosen career or creative endeavour.
There is a wonderful book for children (aged 8-12) on the autism spectrum called Different like me: my book of autism heroes by Jennifer Elder. It is very inspiring.
The book describes the lives of famous/inspirational people who had/have autism or who probably would have been diagnosed with autism if they had lived in this day and age. These people excelled in the world of science, art, literature, maths, comedy and philosophy. They all had great difficulty fitting in, but still managed to achieve great things.
It is beautifully illustrated by Marc Thomas and Jennifer Elder.
The book outlines the lives of:
Julia Bowman Robinson
Hans Christian Andersen
The biographies include some of their autistic characteristics. For instance, Albert Einstein didn’t speak until 3 and didn’t speak well until at least 9. He was not considered very smart by his teachers and got thrown out of one school. But he had an intense interest in all things physics and went on to develop his famous theories of space and time.
Temple Grandin says ‘this book will help inspire kids who are different and show them that they too can succeed’ .
I would recommend this book for all children, but particularly those with autism, as well as a terrific resource for teachers, parents/carers, siblings.
Written for this Friday’s International Asperger’s Day 2011