Different…Not Less: Inspiring Stories of Achievement and Successful Employment from Adults with Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD is a brand new collection of essays showcasing individuals with a developmental disability who have nonetheless found meaningful and fulfilling careers.
The stories are not without their emotional ups and downs. Each contributor has faced his or her share of detractors and even bullies, but has also encountered those who have accepted and even embraced their differences. Dr. Temple Grandin, who compiled the book, is herself an example of someone who persevered through many challenges to find her place in the world, and who has indeed excelled in a number of different arenas.
Different…Not Less includes essays from fourteen different individuals, ranging from “techies” to medical professionals to artists to some who are themselves involved in the area of autism advocacy. Charli Devnet, tour guide at a historical house in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and self-proclaimed lover of history, sums up her thoughts on where she has ended up with this remarkable statement:
I have never become exactly like the other guides here, but in my eyes I’ve managed to become something even more meaningful. I’ve finally become myself.
I found myself incredibly moved by these stories on a number of different levels. I appreciated the matter of fact way each contributor shared both successes and failures along the way, as well as how open they all were to show the times in their lives that were the most difficult. While each person has their own unique way of experiencing the world, it was so helpful to me as a person who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s herself to identify the similarities with my own life and to be encouraged by the determination and perseverance of those profiled in this book.
This collection would be an inspiring read for anyone who is facing a disability in their own life or in the life of someone they care about. It could also be an eye-opening book for those who aren’t familiar with the experiences of individuals with a developmental disability and perhaps foster a bit more acceptance and understanding along the way. I highly recommend it.
For a limited time, you can use the code INTERRUPTED to pre-order the book for 15% off directly from Future Horizons.
In honor of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we also have a copy of this book to share with one of our readers. Just leave a comment below to be entered to win – US addresses only. We’ll announce the winner in our giveaway column on March 14th. This giveaway is closed.
Don’t miss a thing: Check out our current giveaways. Subscribe to our feed or video reviews on YouTube. Follow us @5M4B on Twitter or on Facebook.
Trish thanks Future Horizons for the advance reading copy of this book. Find more inspiring reads and helpful resources at her blog, In So Many Words.
This looks so good!
bethsbookreviewblog2 AT gmail DOT com
Kathy Hookham says
Temple is an amazing woman! Can’t wait to read this book!!
Would be interested in reading this book.
I am very interested.
Stacie Gorkow says
Dr Grandin is huge in the world of education abcs I woulda love to read this book.
As someone who was diagnosed with ADHD as a child- I am definitely interested in the book!
Linda Kish says
I would love to win a copy of this book. If the Autism spectrum had been around when my son was young, he would have been included in that diagnosis. This would be very interesting to me.
lkish77123 at gmail dot com
Beth C says
I know that this would be a great book for me to read. I know that it would help me with acceptance and understanding of anyone with a disability.
Interesting. Got a severely ADHD husband. Would love to have us both read it.
Would like to read more about ADHD
Thanks for this great give away! I will enter for my friend in the U.S.
Years ago when my brother was younger the school tried to label him with ADHD. Would like to read this.
Kathryne Sergent-Fisher says
This Looks Like a Great book I Love Dr. Grandin!!!!
Kris Dilley says
Books like these are so important to help remove the stigma and let us see these people as people…not a disease. Gives me hope for my little guy (PDD NOS), that people will be able to accept him for who he is.
You have won the giveaway. Please respond to this email with your address and phone number so we can have the book shipped out to you.
Sharon Harper says
I work with late diagnosed AS adults. I am very sure this book will help my clients understand they are not alone in their quest for undertanding and success !!