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Gunn High senior publishes children's book on autism

Original post made on Sep 18, 2014

Inspired by a friend and class assignment, an autistic senior at Gunn High School has self-published a children's book on autism.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:56 AM

Comments (9)

Posted by Katie
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 18, 2014 at 9:03 am

Sounds great. (PA Weekly, FYI: Typically, the acceptable phrasing would be 'student with autism' not 'autistic student' or 'student who is autistic.' A person is not his or her disability; they have a disability...)


Posted by karen
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 18, 2014 at 10:46 am

Congratulations Emily. I can't make it to your book launch but I've just purchased this on Amazon.

Good luck!


Posted by Victoria Eversole
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 18, 2014 at 11:43 am

Emily sounds like she is destined to have an extraordinary career as a Special Ed teacher. What a dynamo!


Posted by Mary Connell
a resident of another community
on Sep 18, 2014 at 12:46 pm


Emily, you are an inspiration. I live in Daly City -- but I'm a loyal reader of Palo Alto Online -- and have a friend and neighbor whose 7-year-old boy has autism. Like you, he's a joy. Keep writing and good luck in college!


Posted by Sonya Bradski
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Sep 18, 2014 at 12:59 pm

I am so proud of Emily for publishing a book! You make us all proud!


Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 18, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Nora Charles is a registered user.

Good to read such a story. Well done, Emily!


Posted by Well done, Emily.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Well done, Emily!

More stories like this, please, Weekly. Local kids are doing really great things. Let's hear more!!!!


Posted by Michelle
a resident of another community
on Sep 19, 2014 at 5:47 am

For those suddenly making comments about "pc" "person with autism" vs. "autistic," be aware that there is a huge autism community of adults and teens with autism, who define ourselves as autistic. I am an autistic adult. I have an autistic son.

The way it works is as follows - if you are talking about toolboxes for treatment of sensory issues, anxiety, and social skills development, then you are talking about helping someone with autism. That is where it is appropriate to use "person with autism" language.

If you are talking about a person whose entire experience of life, and therefore their self-identity, is through an autistic lens, as a person, you are talking about an autistic person.... just like you would talk about a shy person, a happy person, an intelligent person, a creative person. Personality and self-identity descriptors are adjectives. Do you talk about average people as "people with normality?"

What is worse than using "autistic?" Not listening to the autistic community about using it in the correct context, and insisting on treating the person's entire experience of life and of themselves as wrong, in the guise of being "sensitive."


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Sep 23, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Congratulations on a fantastic achievement!

And yes, many people self-identify as "autistic." Person first language tends to make the neurotypical community feel better, but I choose to go with what the autistic people tell me they prefer.


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