Book: Dasha's Journal - A Cat Reflects on Life, Catness and Autism by T. O. Dariacategories: Book, Cat, Asperger Syndrome, Gluten Free, Autistic, Autism Advocacy, Autism
T.O. Dariaabout this book: This book takes a different approach to discussing autism and examines it from a cat's perspective. What is communication? What is intelligence? Our current methods of assessing these qualities are biased, reflecting a very specific type of intelligence and communication only. This book strives to prove that just as many animals possess both these qualities yet fail the relevant tests, so autistic human beings possess both intelligence and communication skills - merely of a different type than those recognized by assessment tests.
Dasha, a witty cat-scientist, focuses her research on Alex, an autistic boy, whose family has learned the hard way how best to accommodate his needs. Dasha presents autism as a different world, not a disabled one, affirming that it is society that must adapt accordingly. Weaving together the themes of autism and animal research, the feline narrator rejects social hierarchy, dismissing the traditional differences between humans and animals, autistic and non-autistic individuals. She asserts a refreshing, all-encompassing equality.
This entertaining, and interesting book will help the readers to understand the many possible ways in which an autistic person might perceive the world, and – as a bonus – will give a new appreciation of our feline companions.
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