The Best Books About Autistic Women by Autistic Women.

by guest writer Lydia Wilkins.

Elizabeth Wright
Conscious Being
Published in
5 min readApr 6, 2021

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[ID: A pile of books sit on a table next to an open book and a cup of coffee. A vase with flowers sits at the back of the table, in front of white lace curtains.]

by guest writer Lydia Wilkins.

A mixology of tragedy tropes and puzzle piece symbology; what do you get at the end of this equation? Autism Awareness Week is now over — and the idea of Autistic people being ‘the problem’ has once again been challenged, ridiculed, too. I even wrote about this for Conscious Being — and you can read that here:

Allyship and all that entails is a tricky subject, one fraught with so many questions. We cannot just be ‘perfect’; it is a process of learning, listening, and not expecting to be educated by us, with no input. If you would like to continue to learn about Autism — what it is, what it means, what it is like — then I’d like to suggest that you ‘read into’ experiences of life on the spectrum.

These are books by Autistic women, about being an Autistic woman, as selected by an Autistic woman.

Odd Girl Out by Laura James

A common experience of being diagnosed is that women are often told they are Autistic later on in life. This is largely for three reasons: bias in diagnostic criteria; women are better at ‘masking’ their challenges; and stereotypes from popular culture persist.

(Ask your Autistic friends about Rain Man — and how many times they have been asked about what their ‘powers’ are. Then you will see my point.)

It can be difficult to not feel resentful, hurt, upset — because, arguably, knowing earlier means extra measures can be put in place to help, such as when it comes to exam time.

Laura James has written a compelling book to bring together the universal themes, with alternating timelines. She has constructed her story from young child to late teenage-hood; she also has pre…

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Elizabeth Wright
Conscious Being

Elizabeth is a disability activist, Paralympic Medalist and keynote speaker on disability, inclusion, and allyship. linktr.ee/elizabethlwright