Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity (Unabridged‪)‬

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    • $14.99

Publisher Description

A deep dive into the spectrum of Autistic experience and the phenomenon of masked Autism, giving individuals the tools to safely uncover their true selves while broadening society’s narrow understanding of neurodiversity

“A remarkable work that will stand at the forefront of the neurodiversity movement.”—Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP, author of Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism

For every visibly Autistic person you meet, there are countless “masked” Autistic people who pass as neurotypical. Masking is a common coping mechanism in which Autistic people hide their identifiably Autistic traits in order to fit in with societal norms, adopting a superficial personality at the expense of their mental health. This can include suppressing harmless stims, papering over communication challenges by presenting as unassuming and mild-mannered, and forcing themselves into situations that cause severe anxiety, all so they aren’t seen as needy or “odd.”
In Unmasking Autism, Dr. Devon Price shares his personal experience with masking and blends history, social science research, prescriptions, and personal profiles to tell a story of neurodivergence that has thus far been dominated by those on the outside looking in. For Dr. Price and many others, Autism is a deep source of uniqueness and beauty. Unfortunately, living in a neurotypical world means it can also be a source of incredible alienation and pain. Most masked Autistic individuals struggle for decades before discovering who they truly are. They are also more likely to be marginalized in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, and other factors, which contributes to their suffering and invisibility. Dr. Price lays the groundwork for unmasking and offers exercises that encourage self-expression, including:

• Celebrating special interests
• Cultivating Autistic relationships
• Reframing Autistic stereotypes
• And rediscovering your values

It’s time to honor the needs, diversity, and unique strengths of Autistic people so that they no longer have to mask—and it’s time for greater public acceptance and accommodation of difference. In embracing neurodiversity, we can all reap the rewards of nonconformity and learn to live authentically, Autistic and neurotypical people alike.

*Includes a downloadable PDF of exercises, tables, lists, and a graph from the book

Devon Price
hr min
April 5
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

AnnetteB04 ,

100 stars if I could

This is the best book I have ever read in my life. I’m changed and I’m sobbing. Thank you, Devon.

V_Farm ,

Wonderfully intersectional

This book is such a brilliant, helpful, and intersection exploration of autism. I finally got my diagnosis two weeks ago at the age of 32 and have been trying to figure out what pieces of me I buried through masking and how I can live my life more fully and authentically. The exercises throughout the book were helpful and the stories helped me get a better sense of where I am and where I could be. So helpful, so affirming.

Jlambson ,

So good for self-realization

Speaks life into the difficult feelings autistic people feel that lead up to a diagnosis or moment of self-realization and constructively reshapes how you might think about autism through the lens of an autistic person. A breath of fresh air in a world of neurotypical narratives about autism. You’re awesome. F*** the world if it says any different.

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