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All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism Paperback – June 19, 2017
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From the Back Cover
What does autism have to do with race? It seems simple, but it is extremely complicated. I urge you to read this anthology and explore this in depth as you dive into the hearts of the authors. They are yellow, brown, red, black, and multi-hued; they are young and old; they share their purpose, their passion, and their pain. But before you embark upon this journey, I have a "spoiler."
On every page, in every account, from every contributor you will find one profound, universal theme threaded silently and artfully throughout the entire anthology. Again and again, you will find that the answer to the aforementioned question, now unspoken, "What does autism have to do with race?" is a gentle, but resounding,"Everything."
- From Preface by Morénike Giwa Onaiwu
About the Author
Lydia X. Z. Brown is a genderqueer and transracially/transnationally adopted east asian autistic activist, writer, and speaker whose work has largely focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people, especially institutionalization, incarceration, and policing. They have worked to advance transformative change through organizing in the streets, writing legislation, conducting anti-ableism workshops, testifying at regulatory and policy hearings, and disrupting institutional complacency everywhere from the academy to state agencies and the nonprofit-industrial complex. At present, Lydia is Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council chairperson, and Autism Women's Network board member.
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A must-read, in my opinion, for any future therapists, educators, etc who intend to work with autistic clients, because I think it is CRUCIAL that we remember autistic people of color and we hear each other's voices.
Who the book is FOR, though, is autistic people ourselves and particularly autistic people of color, and it is beautiful, broad, and guarantees, no matter who you are, a look into the life of someone far in a different position on the spectrum and in the world from you. These are the kinds of connections that I find so valuable. In our similarities, and in our differences, in every page that is entirely disparate from the last chapter/last author and entirely new.