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Blessing and a Curse: Autism and Me/M¾r, Caiseal/Paper/184310573X/S040-F
Jessica Kingsley Publishing
Growing up in Australia in the 1970s, Caiseal M¾r was labeled as retarded and an idiot, and his parents were led to believe that physical punishment could cure his autism.
In this courageous and captivating autobiography, M¾r describes his early ability to dissociate from his true existence - a common reaction by children suffering from repeated abuse - and the various personas he lived through in his teens and early adulthood - the Mahji, Charles P. Puddlejumper, Marco Polo and Chameleon Feeble. The rocky path towards discovering his true identity and finally accepting himself takes him on a spiritual pilgrimmage via several different countries, once nearly getting caught unwittingly carrying drugs over the Moroccan border; forming a series relationships with people he meets but very often misjudges; to the revelation - the awakening - of love and acceptance.
A fascinating life story, this book is compelling reading for people with autism, their friends and family and anyone interested in autism spectrum disorders.