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Book Review: My Son is Not Rainman

Written by a single father who is also a stand-up comedian, this book balances humor and humility with ease. Author John Williams is straight-forward about his experience, opening up old wounds and giving us all an intimate look into life with a child who has autism and cerebral palsy. It is funny, without question. It’s also sad and honest and an incredible read. From his reaction to not one but two diagnoses to figuring out how to coparent all while battling severe mental health issues and struggling to keep solid employment, “My Son is Not Rainman” is, quite simply, a…

Book Review: Ido in Autismland

While my son’s autistic symptoms aren’t as socially crippling as those confronted by the author of this book, I can’t see many other books opening my eyes in the way this book has. At this point in time I’ve read probably 20 books about autism and only about 4 of those were actually written by autistic people. Ido Kedar, who was 15 years old at the time the book was published, is a shining example of 1) why we should be eager to hear what autistic people have to say and 2) why we need to believe in our children…