“Having autism is a characteristic, not a character.” -Michael McCreary, Funny You Don’t Look Autistic
Michael McCreary’s new book, “Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic” was a funny, uplifting and enlightening book on life on the autistic spectrum. I found it on my library as the “Big Library Read,” a nationwide “book club” of readers all reading the same book and sharing their reactions and insights.
McCreary was diagnosed with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) at five years old and at an early age fell in love with getting a laugh when he forgot his lines in a children’s play. That attention spurred him to life in performing arts and a career as a comedian. I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook narrated by McCreary himself and his life and experiences “on the spectrum.”
McCreary believes that what is most important for awareness about ASD is helping people understand. Understanding and honest communication about the challenges of the disorder that people face leads to better interactions and mutual respect.
No one is perfect and everyone has struggles. We are all weird and awkward in our own ways. We need to work on understanding each other’s challenges so that we can help and support one another in a way that is unique to each person.
I loved this book and I recommend anyone interested to go get a copy either at your library or on Amazon here.