For Autism “Awareness” Month, I’m telling thirty inspiring short stories about an inspirational autistic person – me! Thrill at my incredible exploits…with autism!
A local autistic woman was spotted reading a book the other day, claims a confidential source.
The book appeared to be a paperback novel of some variety. “It might have been sci-fi, like, Carl Sagan or something,” said the source, who wished to remain anonymous. “But I couldn’t tell. She was on the other side of the coffee shop from me.”
When asked whether this cryptic statement meant the autistic woman had been reading a book in public, the source promptly hung up.
“The idea of an autistic person reading a fiction book is, of course, a fantasy,” said reputable scientist Simon Caron-Bohen. “Or it would be, if autistics understood what fantasy was. Which they don’t.”
Researchers are concerned that a spate of book-reading among autistic people might make it more difficult to distinguish them from normal people, and thus to ruin April with awareness of them. More research is needed.