Knowledge about autism is therefore very important for the identity formation of people with autism. And it feels like someone starts nipping at our heels when we run into expectations, prejudices, or even harsh denials. With her book title “But you don’t look autistic at all” Bianca Toeps hit the nail on the head.
I enjoyed this book because it gives the perspective of autism from someone who is autistic. I also liked the sections set up for those wanting to understand how they might be able to best help. Her use of humor was refreshing. I saw myself in her words and I'm 70 years old and never diagnosed.
'But You Don't Look Autistic At All' is part autism memoir, part autism 101, by which I mean it loosely chronicles Toeps' life journey as an autistic person, whilst using Toeps' experiences to educate readers (both autistic and allistic) about autism, and shed light on autism theories, autism stereotypes, autistic experiences, the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria and more.
I learned a lot from this book! Partly about my own autism, but mostly about autism as a whole. What people might or might not have, what they suffer through, what they ask themselves and others, what they ask OF themselves and others, etc. Very informative! I would highly recommend this book to anyone hoping to learn more about autism.