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Walker Finds a Way : Running into the Adult World with Autism - Robert Hughes

Walker Finds a Way

Running into the Adult World with Autism

Hardcover Published: 21st January 2016
ISBN: 9781785920103
Number Of Pages: 240

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Most people would describe Walker Hughes as warm, enthusiastic and charismatic - even if he doesn't say very much. But after several happy years living in a group home, Walker descended into a deep unhappiness, and his parents were told that their son with low-functioning autism was 'unmanageable' and a danger to others. Where did it all go wrong?

From the author of Running with Walker, this witty and touching memoir tells a story of crisis and recovery of a young man with low-functioning autism. Battling miscommunication, misinterpreted behaviour and a lack of appropriate services, Walker and his parents' resilience shines through, providing a much-needed portrayal about what life is like for adults with low-functioning autism, and how we can understand the complex personalities of people with communication difficulties.

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In this honest to the bone, mesmerizing memoir about life with an adult autistic son, Robert Hughes exposes the wretched reality that typically faces special needs adults and their loved ones. But beneath the surface of outrage toward a society that does so little for our most vulnerable people, Hughes graciously elevates the good in the human spirit each time he finds it. Ultimately, this is a story of a family's determination to use their eccentricities, wit, optimism, wisdom, and love for each other, to thwart a broken system that dared to challenge Walker's right to live happy and well. -- Liane Holliday Willey, author of Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome and Safety Skills for Asperger Women: How to Save a Perfectly Good Female Life

1. Zoo-Train-Walk, December, 2013.

2. Winter, 2007: "What's Your Plan?"

3. A Brave New World.

4. The Empty Nesters.

5. Friends.

6. "I Work There".

7. Fence Me In.

8. A Very Un-Merry Birthday.

9. "People Change".

10. Agitation, Father and Son.

11. Psycho Dad Makes a Personal Appearance.

12. Our Winter of Discontent.

13. Hold On, Partner.

14. The Escape Artist.

15. Afterword. July, 2015.

ISBN: 9781785920103
ISBN-10: 1785920103
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 21st January 2016
Publisher: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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Robert Hughes

About the Author


Robert Hughes, art critic of Time magazine and twice winner of the American College Art Association's F. J. Mather Award for distinguished criticism, is author of The Shock of the New, and of Heaven and Hell in Western Art, both written before the present work. He is also author of the acclaimed Nothing if Not Critical, "criticism at its most intelligent and impressive, trenchant, lucid, elegantly written" in the words of William Boyd; a work on Frank Auerbach; Barcelona, and Culture of Complaint, essays on the fraying of America, described in the Observer as " the most bracing of critical broadsides against new anti-intellectual tyrannies". Robert Hughes died in August 2012.

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