Find here a growing list of books, articles, and resources written by Autistic people (note: not all authors are affiliated with Aucademy).

There are listed a number of different types of resources on diverse topics: Autistic friendly guide to periods; child-friendly explanations about autism and stimming; and more academic chapters on neurodiversity. Also, Kieran Rose (The Autistic Advocate) has an ever growing list of books written by Autistic people.

Autistic Internet Recommendation List by Fierce Autie

If you wanted to know what decent resources exist out there and avoid the pathologising and dangerous websites, and social media pages etc. here is a meticulously compiled and vetted list of sites and social media pages etc. (we *may* be on there 😂) by Fierce Autie.

University Reasonable Adjustments document

Written by Dr Chloe Farahar, this university post-graduate reasonable adjustments for thesis examinations can be adapted for other university situations.

Unofficial Autistic checklist

Written by Samantha Craft, this scored checklist version is based on Samantha’s original blog found here. Below you can download the scored version created by Dr Chloe Farahar. This checklist, whilst unofficial, is more appropriate and useful for those with masked Autistic experience, and those who do not feel they fit the male stereotype of autism depicted in the official checklists.

“Official” checklists

  • The Aspie Quiz (136 items, and provides a circular spectrum of your answers, and a percentage of how neurodivergent and how neurotypical you might be, as well as stating the likelihood that you are Autistic. Note: uses the term “Aspie” instead of Autistic, and implies you can be both neurodivergent AND neurotypical, which you cannot).
  • And/or the Autism Spectrum Quotient (50 items, providing a score at the end, and the likelihood of being Autistic).

Please note that both the official tests are biased toward the concept of male autism, and created by non-autistics, and so ask questions more about externally observable behaviour than internal states (the latter is more common for Autistics with a tendency toward an internal phenotype, which includes women, non-binary, trans persons, and men).

Remember that none of these checklists are a substitute for professional assessment, and they also do not determine whether you are Autistic or not – only your feelings and experiences can truly determine that you are Autistic. 

Adolescent and adult gaming communities online – Spectrum Gaming

Spectrum Gaming was set up by a group of autistic advocates who wanted to create a friendly and accepting community for autistic people who have a shared passion for gaming. [Their] main focus is for autistic gamers to have some fun, make some friends and show off what they can do! In addition to [their] Discord servers, [they] run a Minecraft Server so everyone can enjoy playing Minecraft together.”

Susie Spins

Written by Autistic mum, Emma Dalmayne and illustrated by her Autistic son Raphelle.

Susie Spins provides information in the form of a story to enable therapists and teachers to help children in their class to understand their autistic peers. The book is most suitable for pre-school and children aged 5-7 (Key Stage 1).

Susie Spins is written by a parent to enable other parents to share with their child to help them better understand Autism. It’s useful for relatives to read too!

It’s an Autism Thing – I’ll help you understand

Written by Autistic mum, Emma Dalmayne and illustrated by her Autistic son Raphelle.

A new book offering insights into the life of an autistic person.It’s an Autism thing… I’ll help you understand is a valuable teaching and learning resource. It is a written from Emma’s perspective. Both Emma and her children are on the autism spectrum.

Relevant topics are explored through sections: ‘My Experiences’, ‘Information’ and ‘Advice’. The book offers insights into some of the potential trials and challenges of daily life for an autistic person and everyday strategies and support that can all the difference.

The book offers insights into some of the potential trials and challenges of daily life for an autistic person.

PDA Paradox: The Highs and Lows of My Life on a Little-Known Part of the Autism Spectrum

Diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) in his teenage years, Harry Thompson looks back with wit and humour at the ups and downs of family and romantic relationships, school, work and mental health, as well as his teenage struggle with drugs and alcohol. By embracing neurodiversity and emphasising that autistic people are not flawed human beings, Thompson demonstrates that some merely need to take the “scenic route” in order to flourish and reach their full potential.

The memoir brings to life Harry’s past experiences and feelings, from his torrid time at school to the peaceful and meaningful moments when he is alone with a book, writing or creating YouTube videos. Eloquent and insightful, The PDA Paradox will bring readers to shock, laughter and tears through its overwhelming honesty. It is a turbulent memoir, but it ends with hope and a positive outlook to the future.

The Neurodiversity Reader: Exploring Concepts, Lived Experience and Implications for Practice

Edited by Dr Damian Milton, with a chapter by Dr Chloe Farahar and Louis Bishopp-Ford

Stigmaphrenia©: Reducing mental health stigma with a script about neurodiversity

Chloe Farahar | Louis Bishopp-Ford

“Neurodiversity may be every bit as crucial for the human race as biodiversity is for life in general. Who can say what forms of life can prove best at any given moment?”

– Blume, 1998; Farahar, 2012, p. 11

Following background and overview, this chapter is structured thusly:

1. A problem in society: the stigmatisation of psychologically-divergent ways of managing distress (commonly referred to as “mental illness”).

2. Neurodiversity: not just about autism. How neurodiversity applies to psychologically-divergent, reasonable responses to a disordered society.

3. Neurodiversity: for psychological-diversity in practice. How a play reframing “mental illness” as neurodivergent responses can reduce public stigma, and importantly, self-stigma. Here I will introduce the play Stigmaphrenia© as a means of Experiential (experiencing) Intergroup Contact with the “mentally ill” outgroup. More simply put: how roleplaying the mentally ill outgroup in a play reframing these experiences as neurodivergences under the neurodiversity of humanity reduces mental health stigma.

Where to go for all things Autistic – a brief starting guide

The Autism Friendly Guide To Periods

Written by Robyn Steward

A book for all genders, with step by step photos, and information to help Autistic people having periods.

World Health Organisation: Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale-V1.1

Masking (“camouflaging”)

Find below a great document by Autistic Advocate Kieran Rose on masking.

Below is a current checklist made by largely non-Autistic researchers, and is somewhat useful, although it talks about only the social aspects of masking (referred to as “camouflaging” in the literature, which has some negative connotation, and not widely respected by the community as a term), it also implies that masking is voluntary and a conscious decision. For an overview of the issues with how researchers view masking see this important pre-print article on the subject.