Introduction. 1. Meet the Women. 2. Education. 3. Interests and Career Paths. 4. Sexual Development and Romantic Relationships. 5. Family, Friends and other Networks of Support. Conclusion.
Seven women with autism share insights about their transition from childhood to adulthood
Dr. Heather Stone Wodis has a Ph.D in Disability Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her doctoral thesis formed the basis of this book. She has extensive experience in autism and special education and has worked as an ABA therapist.
Girls with Autism Becoming Women helps establish a
historical tradition of memoirs and autobiographies by people on
the autistic spectrum. All of the texts analyzed by Stone are
written with the urgency of survival at stake by those who find
themselves entrapped in various systems of neurotypical oppression.
This is a helpful guide for teaching texts that can now be used in
multi-disciplinary university classrooms and the discussion helps
yield an understanding of neuroatypicality as a form of artistic
living interdependently with others. Stone brings her background in
Psychology, Sociology, and Disability Studies to bear on the
importance of these works. -- David T. Mitchell and Sharon L.
Snyder, authors of Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the
Dependencies of Discourse and The Biopolitics of Disability:
Neoliberalism, Ablenationalism, and Peripheral Embodiment
Wodis details how girls on the Autism Spectrum transition from children to adults, recognizing seven women as a strong 'minority within a minority.' Education, careers, sexual development, and social networks paired with qualitative, interpretive research methodology validate fist-person autie-biographies. Her unique approach relies on grounded theory with systematic, constant comparison. Using Rosemarie Garland-Thomson's situated theory, she socially contextualizes ASD from neuroqueer identity to religious constraints. I applaud her support of autism as an equally valid form of neurological embodiment. I highly recommend this book to those interested in the intersection of Autism Spectrum Disorder and female gender issues. -- Telory D. Arendell, Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance, Missouri State University