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Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum

The face of autism is changing. And more often than we realize, that face is wearing lipstick. Autism in Heels , an intimate memoir, reveals the woman inside one of autism's most prominent figures, Jennifer O'Toole. At the age of thirty-five, Jennifer was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, and for the first time in her life, things made sense. Now, Jennifer exposes the co...

Title : Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum
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ISBN : 1510732845
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Number of Pages : 272 pages
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  • Gara

    Insight into the dynamics of life "on the spectrum" is helpful to me, since my granddaughter has been diagnosed with autism. She received this diagnosis at 2, but this was after repeated efforts to determine what was going on with her. One doctor, discovering her severe social anxiety, volunteered to write a Prozac prescription - for a 2-year-old! I think that autism is rampant among females, and obviously misunderstood and frequently overlooked as a basic cause of many behaviors of girls. I fou ...more

  • Ronnie Stephens

    I really struggled with this book. I wanted to love it, and I believe that it's a vital conversation about women on the spectrum and how to improve practices around diagnosing/supporting women on the spectrum. However, the writing was choppy and repetitive; many chapters felt like adapted speeches with little serious editing to improve flow. Additionally, the order of the chapters did not help establish a clear trajectory or push the narrative forward. I'm hesitant to describe this book as a mem ...more

  • Tanya

    I have so many thoughts and feelings about this book that I can't put into words. But I'm so glad she wrote this book. I will definitely be taking a look at her other books as well though.

  • C.G. Drews

    This book was so honest and well-informed! I was a little nervous going in, I admit, because (a) I feel like the only point of heels is to utilise them as a weapon, and (b) I've read so many autism-books and been burnt a lot by negative assumptions and problematic viewpoints. But this book CELEBRATES autism. Especially in women!

    I also loved that it acknowledged POC and queer autistic women...and nonbinary autistics too! It was aimed specifically at women, but it didn't diminish everything to "tw

    Instead, I'll repeat the simple fact that "autistic people" are not a monolith. We are a diverse group with diverse daily experiences...just like everyone else in the world.

    We don't actually have different brains. We have differently wired equally-human brains. Human functions - like feeling - aren't missing, for crying out loud. They're just different in brains that are neurologically different, regardless of which way the comparison is made.