How to Be Autistic

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An urgent, funny, shocking, and impassioned memoir by the winner of the Spectrum Art Prize 2018, How to Be Autistic by Charlotte Amelia Poe presents the rarely shown point of view of someone living with autism.

Charlotte’s work challenges narratives of autism as something to be ‘fixed’. She writes: ‘I wanted to show the side of autism that I have lived through, the side you don’t find in books and on Facebook groups. My piece is a story about survival, fear and, finally, hope. It is an open letter to every autistic person who has suffered the verbal, mental or physical abuse and come out snarling and alive.’

‘If I can change just one person’s perceptions, if I can help one person with autism feel like they’re less alone, then this will all be worth it. So please, turn the page. Our worlds are about to collide.’

‘The best way to describe it is to imagine a road trip. If a neurotypical person wants to get from A to B, then they will most often find their way unobstructed, without road works or diversions. For an autistic person, they will find that they are having to use back roads and cut across fields and explore places neurotypicals would never even imagine visiting’.

Myriad will publish in How To Be Autistic in September 2019.

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