Siblings and Autism: Stories Spanning Generations and Cultures

Siblings and Autism: Stories Spanning Generations and Cultures

By: Bruce E. Mills (editor), Debra L. Cumberland (editor), Lindsey Fisch (contributor), Erika Giles (contributor), Helen McCabe (contributor), Damiano Damiano (contributor), Erika Nanes (contributor), Thomas Caramagno (contributor), Anderson Anderson (contributor), Anne Barnhill (contributor)Paperback

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What is it like to grow up with a sibling on the autism spectrum? What kind of relationship do such siblings have? How does that relationship change as the siblings get older? In this moving collection of beautifully-written personal accounts, siblings from a variety of backgrounds, and in different circumstances, share their experiences of growing up with a brother or sister with autism. Despite their many differences, their stories show that certain things are common to the "sibling experience": the emotional terrain of looking on or being overlooked; the confusion of accommodating resentment, love, and helplessness; and above all the yearning to connect across neurological difference. Siblings and Autism is a thought-provoking book that will appeal to anyone with a personal or professional interest in autism, including parents of siblings of children on the spectrum, teachers, counsellors, and psychologists.

About Author

Debra L. Cumberland is Associate Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies in English at Winona State University, Minnesota. She teaches literature and creative writing classes, and has published creative nonfiction on autism. Bruce Mills is Professor of English at Kalamazoo College, Michigan, and has served as the Board Chair of The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding, a non-profit organization that works with individuals on the autism spectrum. He has also published creative nonfiction on autism. Debra has a brother with autism, and Bruce has a son on the spectrum and a neuro-typical daughter.


Introduction. 'House on the Meadow', Catherine Anderson. 'Family Resemblance', Erika Nanes. 'Visiting Becky', Anne Barnhill. 'On the Way to the Sky', Katie Harrington Stricklin. 'Victim of Silence', Ann Damiano. 'Life with Runi', Aparna Das. 'Autism Connects Us', Matthew Belmonte. 'My Brother's Speaker', Debra Eder. 'We Were Beautiful, Once: My Autistic-American Family', Maureen McDonnell. 'Holding On', Lindsey Fisch. 'Our Family Has Two Hearts: Me and My Older Sister Ge', Helen McCabe and Chuan Wu. 'Robie', Erika Reich Giles. 'Everyone is Different', Cara Murphy Watkins'. 'Sisters Aren't Doing It for Themselves: Negotiating Special Identities in a Disabled Family', Alison Wilde. 'This Night Will Pass', Thomas Caramagno. 'Sirens', Debra Cumberland.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781849058315
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781849058315
  • weight: 390
  • ISBN10: 1849058318

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