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Shining a Light on the AAPI Community

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI), and we want to take this opportunity to celebrate the contributions of individuals diagnosed with autism from the AAPI community. In this blog, we will highlight five inspiring individuals who have made significant strides in raising autism awareness and understanding while also showcasing their unique talents and abilities. Let’s honor these remarkable individuals and learn more about their journeys.

Jerry Newport: Overcoming Labels and Embracing Asperger’s

Jerry Newport, an American author, and mathematician of Japanese descent, was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Newport wrote the book “Your Life is Not a Label,” which shares his experiences living with autism. His honest and heartfelt storytelling has touched many readers, offering encouragement and hope to others facing similar challenges.

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Dr. Wen Lawson: Bridging Psychology and Autism Advocacy

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Dr. Wen Lawson, a psychologist and autism advocate of Chinese-Australian descent, was diagnosed with autism later in life. Dr. Lawson has written numerous books and articles, including “Life Behind Glass,” which details his experiences living with autism. As a leading voice in the autism community, Dr. Lawson has been instrumental in promoting understanding and acceptance while helping develop effective intervention strategies for individuals with autism.

Naoki Higashida: Giving Voice to Autism

Naoki Higashida, a Japanese author diagnosed with severe autism, has written several books, including the internationally acclaimed “The Reason I Jump.” This groundbreaking book offers valuable insight into the mind of someone with autism, answering questions that many have wondered about. Higashida’s work has opened doors for increased understanding and empathy for those living with autism.

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Tito Mukhopadhyay: Poetry and Autism, Uniting Worlds

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Indian-American poet and author Tito Mukhopadhyay was diagnosed with autism as a child. He has written several books, including “The Mind Tree,” which describes his experiences living with autism. Through his powerful and evocative poetry, Mukhopadhyay connects readers to his world, shedding light on the unique perspectives and experiences of individuals with autism.

Tammet Daniel: A Mathematical Genius from the Pacific

Tammet Daniel, a British author, and mathematical savant born on the island of Kent in the Pacific, has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. He has written several books, including “Born on a Blue Day,” which chronicles his life with autism. Tammet’s incredible mental abilities and captivating storytelling have captivated readers and provided a glimpse into the extraordinary potential of individuals with autism.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

As we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, let us take a moment to appreciate the incredible accomplishments and contributions of these five individuals from the AAPI community who have made significant strides in raising autism awareness and understanding. Their stories remind us of the importance of embracing diversity and celebrating the unique talents and perspectives that individuals with autism bring to our world.

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