"Are you beginning to see past the disability and starting to appreciate the gift?" In this unashamedly honest book, David J. Burns draws on his own lived experience of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to provide guidance on how to take advantage of the supposed disadvantage. The book is filled with often hilarious anecdotes, spanning the confusion of his early diagnosis, to his marriage and life with his four children, as David proffers his advice on how to cope with everything from school work to flirting. Part memoir, part guide, and written with a refreshingly funny outlook, this book can be picked up and dipped into whether you're looking for encouragement, practical coping strategies, or a perspective of life as seen through the lens of ASD.
Acknowledgements. Foreword by Andrew Sercombe. 1. Do Lemons Have Feathers?. 2. It's Not What I Planned. 3. The Angst of School Days. 4. University Challenge. 5. I Owe, I Owe, It's Off to Work I Go. 6. The Social Calendar. 7. A Shot in the Dark. 8. The Escape Plan. 9. The Ability to Fly. 10. Getting Through the Tough Stuff of Change. 11. Love, Sweet Love. 12. The World Needs Autism. 13. All It Takes Is A Little Bit of... Faith. 14. Help Sheets. 15. Can You Help?. About the Author.