Monday, November 9, 2015

Book Nook: I've Got a Stat for You

When Andrew Edwards was diagnosed with severe autism at the age of four, the medical specialist who diagnosed him told his mother Hazel, “Go home and watch Rain Man. In all probability your son will be institutionalized.” Hazel was determined to give her son the best live and education possible, with resources to help him meet his goals.

The book I've Got a Stat For You chronicles this story from Andrew's point of view. I was sent the book to review, and it was an excellent insight into a very self-aware young man with autism. He experienced bullying and lack of understanding, with his single mother fighting red tape to get him what he needed. However, as an adult, Andrew has won a Welsh National Young Volunteer Award, given speeches, and has lectured to a wide range of audiences on autism and his struggles growing up. He has pursued and received his education, and secured his dream job as a statistician at Manchester United Television. 

I liked how the book was clearly written by a person with autism, recognizing in some cases the feelings that should have been felt, even if he clearly didn't feel them at the time. In spite of challenges, the book demonstrates that a positive outlook and determination to succeed will help a person overcome obstacles. It's a great book for anyone who knows someone with autism, or who loves to read the inspiring stories of people who excel in spite of challenges.

About the Author Andrew Edwards was born in 1984, in Wrexham, Wales. At the age of four, he was diagnosed as severely autistic. Andrew attended a number of schools during his childhood, and ultimately secured four G.C.S.E.s including one in history. Following a work placement at Manchester United Television, Andrew became a permanent member of staff, for more than 10 years, as a statistician. Following his redundancy at MUTV, Andrew has given himself over to volunteering and writing.

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