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Barbara Moran is a graphic artist from Topeka, Kansas, who was diagnosed with autism in her early 40s. She has spoken at a variety of conferences about autism, and her artwork has been exhibited through Visionaries + Voices, Bryn Mawr's annual Art Ability show, and the MIND Institute at the University of California-Davis. Moran's art often focuses on objects such as locomotives, stoplights, and cathedrals. She shares her home with her companion of 40 years, Rooney, a 1934 Monitor Top GE refrigerator.

Karl Williams writes songs, books, stories, and poems of all kinds and is particularly passionate about the self-advocacy movement--the civil rights work of people with cognitive disabilities. His previous books are Lost in a Desert World: The Autobiography of Roland Johnson and If Your Dreams Are Big Enough, the Facts Don't Count!: The Michael S. Long Story. Learn more about him at


"...insights from a time when a young person with autism grew up in a world where nobody understood them!"--Temple Grandin
"An extraordinary look at autism from the inside - by turns heartbreaking, uplifting, illuminating, witty, and wise."--Steve Silberman, author, NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
"A testament to neurodiversity and a call to acceptance."--Martha Leary, author of Autism: Sensory-Movement Differences and Diversity
"An uncommon soul navigating the pain and triumph of self-discovery."--William Stillman, award-winning author of The Soul of Autism and Empowered Autism Parenting
"As sweet and honest and painful and true and illuminating as any personal story you will ever read."--Paula Kluth, Ph.D., author of You're Going to Love This Kid: Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom
"Remarkably detailed, stunningly honest, and, in the end, deeply moving. A unique look into the heart and mind of someone who never fit in."--Rachel Simon, author of Riding the Bus with My Sister

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