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I Might Be You: An Exploration of Autism and Connection Hardcover – October 25, 2012

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  • Hardcover: 246 pages
  • Publisher: I Might Be You: An Exploration of Autism and Conne (October 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988344904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988344907
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,796,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the most excellent of several extraordinary books that have recently been published by authors on the Autism spectrum -- a couple others that readers might find helpful include Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking, I Love Being My Own Autistic Self: A thAutoons Book, I Am Intelligent: From Heartbreak to Healing--A Mother and Daughter's Journey through Autism -- and the level of humor as well as truly elegant writing with which Barb Rentenbach presents her lived experience of autism (and her insights on the nature of human existence and inter-relation) is especially noteworthy, making for a really compelling read. This is an especially important book for anyone who might think that individuals who do not speak, and/or who appear to be "disconnected" or "in their own world", are "low functioning" in any sense of the word.

Autistics are speaking - can we listen to them, rather than to organizations who would purport to speak on their behalf but keep them off their board and other positions of leadership, and are ultimately focused on eliminating their differences rather than understanding and celebrating them?
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I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. Please don't be fooled -- it is not just a book for those whose lives are touched directly by autism. No, it's a book for anyone who has ever sought connection -- with themselves, with their fellow human beings, with the world around them, with God.

And somehow, even as it reads like a manual for how to achieve those connections, it manages to be funny as hell. Barb invites you to laugh with her -- she dares you to laugh at yourself as she does herself. Her humor was, for me, the most delicious surprise of all.

It is not remotely an exaggeration to say that this book has changed me. It has made me a better mother, a better advocate for my autistic daughter, and, above all, a better person. I want to be Barb when I grow up.

Read the book. It's a gift.
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From the very first page, I was taken aback. This is not a 'how to' for understanding Autists and certainly not an observational diary of someone on the spectrum. What this book truly does is to redefine a life, and a Lady, in words that we as neurotypicals or 'walkie talkies' (as the author humorously refers to us)can immediately understand. By immersing the reader so completely in her moments, decisions and sensations we are pulled along on an enjoyable exploration of taste, aroma, sound and texture that usually (and sadly) passes unnoticed. Her insight and humor are cause enough to read but her candid revelations in regards to her life in a body and mind that at times, stubbornly refuses to submit to her will is, inspirational. I learned not only about the moments and mind of the author.. I learned about myself.
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The author provides entry into the surprising and disturbing world of severe autism, and the journey will stay with the reader for a lifetime. Her struggles as she adapts to the debilitating effects of autism, and the love and patience shown by her therapist, friend and co-author are nothing short of inspiring. I regret that I was not more informed about the subject before teaching in the classroom, so I strongly recommend this book to all who are charged with educating students. They will find, as I did, the story exposes the limitations of "normals" as it conveys the true potential of autistic children and adults.
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Blown away by this book. My copy is now dog-eared with sections I want to return to. I read passages out loud to friends, family and complete strangers. As the parent of a minimally verbal autistic child, I am so incredibly heartened by Barb's accomplishments and grateful to her for sharing this unstinting view of her long road to achieving them.
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This book is Barb's story as told by both authors (a woman with autism and the educational psychologist who helped her connect with herself and with others--and who became a friend). It is a story of persistence, creativity, insight, and inspiration. The story should remind all of us to question stereotypes, diagnoses, prognoses, and other judgments that may reflect limitations on the part of the person making them as much as (or more than) limitations on the part of the person being described. It also should serve as a reminder that people with autism--even those toward the more severe end of the spectrum--are individuals who have different personalities, desires, and abilities, and they may respond to different types of intervention. There may not be a panacea for autism, but individuals who have autism ARE human beings who deserve understanding and respect. Not everyone with autism may be able to accomplish what Barb has, but most of us who do NOT have autism cannot accomplish what she has either. Both Barb and Lois are amazing women, and I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by them.
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I laughed, I cried and most importantly I learned A LOT! Barb and her Dr. Prislovsky did an amazing job of documenting their progress as individuals and as a team over the 10 years it took them to write this book. Barb's description of the way the world looks, smells, tastes and feels...wow! I wanted to learn more and ask questions, I wanted to change the way I perceived and treated not only people with Autism, but anyone I meet. I loved Barb's sense of humor and out loud laughed numerous times, even highlighted a couple of quotes to use in the future "I love email and WINE" :) Thank you for your honest and upfront approach to letting us all in on your journey, I look forward to more from the two of you.
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