Making Sense of the Unfeasible : My Life Journey with Asperger Syndrome
Before he received his diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (AS) in the 1970s, Marc Fleisher was considered mentally retarded; yet he went on against the odds to gain two maths degrees and to undertake post-graduate studies in maths. In this engaging story Marc relates how, supported by his family and by services for people with autism, and despite family tragedy and personal difficulties, he learnt to get the most out of life. He shares, with humour and candour, a multitude of practical tips for people with AS, and those around them, rounding off his story with appendices on astronomy, parallel universes, and the mathematics of unfeasibly large numbers.
- Paperback | 160 pages
- 158 x 231 x 9mm | 258g
- 15 Jun 2003
- JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
- London, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Introduction. 1. The Early Years: Years 0-9. 2.Crisis Time: Years 10-13. 3. Teenage Turmoil: Years 14-18. 4. The Working Life: Years 18-21. 5. Deepening Struggles: Years 21-23. 6. The Apocalypse and New Beginnings: Years 24-26. 7. University Life 1: Undergraduate Study. 8. University Life 2: Postgraduate Study. 9. Present Day: Years 31. Appendix 1. What Can We Do to Make Progress? Appendix A: The Art of Joke Telling. Appendix B: The Universe. Appendix C: Large Numbers. Appendix D: Making Life Easy. Acknowledgements.
Fleisher shares, with humour and candour, a multitude of practical tips for people with AS, and those around them... -- Link It is a moving and illuminating memoir. Before Marc received his diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome in the 1970s, he was considered mentally retarded; yet he went on to gain a degree and then a post-graduate qualification in maths. In this engaging story, Marc relates how he learned to get the most out of life, with the help of his family and support services, despite family tragedy and personal difficulties. -- Human Givens Marc Fleisher's passion to help and inspire others and to create a more responsive society is infectious. This book will contribute to those goals. There is much here too for professionals to reflect upon and learn from. Like the best autobiographies, the reader is left wanting to know what the future will hold. I hope Marc Fleisher will tell us. -- Good Autism Practice
About Marc Fleisher
Marc Fleisher was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome aged 11. He has written several articles and spoken publicly on AS and Autism. He holds a masters degree in maths, is a keen sportsman, and tennis instructor for children with disabilities.