This brief resource list is aimed at adults who think they might be autistic, are newly-diagnosed, or are looking to find new ways to connect to their community – and it’s skewed towards women. It’s idiosyncratic and by no means exhaustive, but it’ll give you a good start. Here, you’ll find positive, honest accounts of autism, told from the inside as much as possible.
Note: This is not intended to constitute or replace medical advice, should you need it. I deliberately don’t include links to tests here, and I don’t offer advice on diagnosis. These things fall outside my remit.
The National Autistic Society’s brief guide.
Damian Milton’s survey of the most recent research for the Autism Education Trust.
Writing in Standard Issue, Sarah Hendrickx nails the experience of being an autistic woman.
These posts on Life on the Spectrum rang so many bells from me when I was first figuring out my own diagnosis.
Samantha Craft’s very useful list of attributes in female autistics.
Brilliant blog post by Madeleine Ryan on the language of autism and identity.
Sonia Boué writes about the problems of networking for autistic people.
Rhi writes about the processes that lie beneath perceptions of social awkwardness.
My own article in Aeon Magazine about society’s slanted view of autism.
A collection of my newsletters about my autistic life.
I’ve been grateful to find a community of people on Twitter who have taught me everything I know.
Here’s a Twitter List of my favourites.
The Electricity of Every Living Thing is my memoir of the year I learned I was autistic. It’s available from all good bookstores (readers outside the UK should try Amazon).
Camouflage by Dr Sarah Bargiela
Neurotribes by Steve Silberman
In a Different Key by John Donvan and Caren Zucker
Odd Girl Out by Laura James
Aspergirls by Rudy Simone
The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas – a YA novel about the experience of being an autistic teenager