Whether or not you are a cat lover, you might be wondering what this anecdote has to do with anything. As we celebrate “Autism Acceptance Month,” the resource, All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome, by Kathy Hoopman, may be enlightening and entertaining for you or someone you know who has connections to autism. The description of the book reads as follows: “All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome takes a playful look at Asperger Syndrome (AS), drawing inspiration from the feline world in a way that will strike a chord with all those who are familiar with AS. Delightful color photographs of cats bring to life familiar characteristics such as sensitive hearing, scampering at the first sign of being stroked and particular eating habits. Touching, humorous and insightful, this book evokes the difficulties and joys of raising a child who is different and leaves the reader with a sense of the dignity, individuality and potential of people with AS. This engaging book is an ideal, gentle introduction to the world of AS.”
Just as I am thankful for my cat and the joy that she brings into my life, I am also thankful for people with autism and the joy, friendship, and insight they have brought into my life over the past 20 years. (And I’m thankful that my husband Steve has much better relationships with people with autism than he does with Jazz!)
Best wishes as you continue to promote insight, acceptance, and appreciation for people who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder!