As a professional actively working in the autism community, an important part of my career is to stay up to date with the latest literature surrounding autism. Not only is it important for my knowledge and education, I find reading novels are a great opportunity to look closely at the lives of individuals with autism and understand their day to day challenges, their obstacles and their triumphs. It allows me to see many different sides to the diagnosis and to have a sense of empathy and understanding towards the clients and families that I get to work with.

I think for anyone involved in the autism community including teachers, therapists, parents or even family members; becoming familiar with autism literature can open up new perspectives and create a better understanding of how autism can truly affect individual’s lives.

Below are some novels that I have had the privilege of reading and that I have found to be the most eye opening and educational in terms of understanding and accepting autism.

Here are three books that are written from a parent’s perspective. They show the many difficult challenges as well as the amazing rewards that can come from being a parent to a child with autism.

Here are three books that are written from a parent’s perspective. They show the many difficult challenges as well as the amazing rewards that can come from being a parent to a child with autism.

Next are some books that are written from the perspective of an individual on the autism spectrum. These books really let you see an inside looks at each writer’s experience as a person with autism, including their personal struggles, their strengths and their wonderful opinions on what it is like to have autism.

Finally, here are some novels that I believe are very important for any population to read to encourage autism acceptance and awareness. These novels create a better understanding of ASD, and show how each autism diagnosis is totally different.