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Title How to be autistic / Charlotte Amelia Poe.
Imprint Oxford : Myriad Editions, 2019.


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Description 1 online resource
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Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 10, 2020).
Subject Poe, Charlotte Amelia -- Health.
Autistic people -- Biography.
Autistic Disorder.
Genre Biographies.
Contents Intro; Praise; Title Page; Dedication; Contents; Epigraph; Foreword; I do; The 'A' word; Heavily medicated; The tooth fairy; Procrastination nation; Primary school blues; A little bit of empathy; The beginning; The middle; The sick bowl; Entering the digital age; Speaking of food; Skank; High school part I; High school part II; The worst days; Study leave; Where are all the psychs?; Dad doesn't get it; College; Body modification; The lost years; The blackest days; Diagnosis; Fandom; Fake friends (internet intimacy); Conventions; The gender and sexuality thing; Starstuff
Everything, everythingFinalist; Eyes in the sky; Better; Who tells our stories?; Acknowledgements; About the Author; Copyright
Summary How To Be Autistic charts Charlotte Amelia Poe's journey through schooldays and young adulthood, with chapters on food, fandom, depression, body piercing, comic conventions, and technology. Poe writes about her memoir: 'The best way to describe it is to imagine a road trip. If a neurotypical person wants to get from A to B, then they will most often find their way unobstructed, without road works or diversions. For an autistic person, they will find that they are having to use back roads and cut across fields and explore places neurotypicals would never even imagine visiting'. How To Be Autistic challenges narratives of autism as something to be 'fixed', as Poe believes her autism is a fundamental aspect of her work. She writes: 'I wanted to show the side of autism that I have lived through, the side you don't find in books and on Facebook groups. My piece is a story about survival, fear and, finally, hope. It is an open letter to every autistic person who has suffered the verbal, mental or physical abuse and come out snarling and alive. 'If I can change just one person's perceptions, if I can help one person with autism feel like they're less alone, then this will all be worth it. So please, turn the page. Our worlds are about to collide.'
Other Title Print version: Poe, Charlotte Amelia. How To Be Autistic. La Vergne : Myriad Editions, ©2019 9781912408320