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Updated: Feb 11



The Reason I Jump: Naoki Higashida was born in Kimitsu, Japan in 1992. Diagnosed with severe autism when he was five, he subsequently learned to communicate using a handmade alphabet grid and began to write poems and short stories. At the age of thirteen he wrote The Reason I Jump, which was published in Japan in 2007. Its English translation came out in 2013, and it has now been published in more than thirty languages. The subject of an award-winning Japanese television documentary in 2014, he continues to give presentations throughout the country about his experience of autism.  



The Autistic Brain: Temple Grandin is one of the world's most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. She is a professor at Colorado State University and the author of several best-selling books, which have sold more than a million copies. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.







Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know is an invaluable resource for parents and caregivers of children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Prepared under the editorial direction of 2 distinguished pediatricians who are autism experts—one of whom is also the parent of a son with autism—this book helps you understand how ASDs are defined and diagnosed and provides you with information on the most current types of behavioral and developmental therapies. It also helps parents understand what they can do to help promote a smooth transition from adolescence through the teen years and into adulthood.


Happy Kids Don't Punch You In The Face: When there’s a nuclear meltdown happening in your classroom, this book is your trusted guide on what to do in the heat of the moment, and how you can prevent future incidents. These field-tested strategies integrate principles of behavioral intervention with the best practices of positive psychology.







Sir George: The Quest To Find His Grandfathers Sword:

This is the tale of a knight's adventure!

Seven heroes are born and raised to unite to save their land from the clutches of an evil lord.

Can the heir to the throne, the brave knight James, lead the new protectors through the dark forest mountains, hidden swamps, and valleys to face the heinous villain, the evil Lord Dragon, head on in an effort to reclaim his grandfather's sword? They will never give up. This is their adventure.


A Friend Like Henry: The remarkable true story of an autistic boy and the dog that unlocked his world. Dale's autism was so severe that the smallest deviation from his routine could provoke a terrifying tantrum. Family life was almost destroyed by his condition, and his parents spent most of their waking hours trying to break into their son's autistic world and give him the help he so desperately needed. But after years of constant effort and slow progress, the Gardners' lives were transformed when they welcomed a new member into the family.


Rules: Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public" -- in order to head off David's embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a surprising, new sort-of friend, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?


Fall Down 7 Times Get up 8: Naoki Higashida wrote The Reason I Jump, a revelatory account of autism from the inside by a nonverbal Japanese child. Now, he shares his thoughts and experiences as a young man living each day with severe autism. Higashida explores school memories, family relationships, the exhilaration of travel, and the difficulties of speech. He allows readers to experience profound moments we take for granted, the thought-steps necessary for him to register that it’s raining outside. Acutely aware of how strange his behavior can appear to others, he aims to foster a better understanding of autism and to encourage society to see people with disabilities as people, not as problems.

My Brother Otto: A child-friendly, endearing, and fun picture book for children about the love, acceptance, and understanding a sister, Piper, has for her little brother Otto, who is on the autism spectrum. The book provides explanations for Otto’s differences and quirkiness in an easy-to-understand language, and highlights Otto’s desires for adventure and love just like his peers. A story about a sister and a brother who engage in common, everyday experiences in their own unique way with the idea that kindness and understanding always win!


Thinking In Pictures: Here, in Temple Grandin's own words, is

the story what it is like to live with autism. Temple Grandin's

unique ability describe the way her visual mind works and how

she first made the connection between her impairment and

animal temperament that is the basis of extraordinary gift and

phenomenal success.







Look Me in the Eye: Life with Aspergers: Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes—had earned him the label “social deviant.” It was not until he was forty that he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way he saw himself—and the world. It’s a strange, sly, indelible account—sometimes alien yet always deeply human.









All information provided on the ACU Web site is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between the ACU and any person or entity unless otherwise specified. Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the ACU. Information on the ACU website is subject to change without prior notice. Although every reasonable effort is made to present current and accurate information, the ACU makes no guarantees of any kind.

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