Books and Films List

A bookshelf with books on it. The Books cover topics ranging from Autism to Law to LGBTQ identity.


Autism and Self Advocacy:

Loud Hands: Autistic People Speaking, published by The Autistic Press

Navigating College: A Handbook on Self Advocacy by The Autistic Press

Empowering Leadership: A Systems Change Guide for Autistic College Students and Those with Other Disabilities published by The Autistic Press

And Straight on Till Morning: Essays on Autism Acceptance, published by The Autistic Press

Welcome to the Autistic Community!  by Autism Now and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, art by Anabelle Listic

Roadmap to Transition: A Handbook for Autistic Youth Transitioning to Adulthood edited by Iante MBD, Pip Malone, art by Iante MBD

All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism edited by Lydia X.Z. Brown, E. Ashkenazy, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu  and the Autism Women’s Network

What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew Girls Anthology by the Autism Women’s Network

Neurodiversity: Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and Other Brain Differences– by Thomas Armstrong, PhD

Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Succeed in School and Life by Thomas Armstrong, PhD

Neurodiversity: A Humorous and Practical Guide to Living with ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Dyslexia, the Gays, and Everyone Else, by Barb Rentenbach and Lois Prislovsky, PhD

Visual Agnosia by Martha J. Farah

Life and Love: Positive strategies for Autistic Adults, by Zosia Zaks and Dr Temple Grandin

The Integrated Self-Advocacy ISA Curriculum: A Program for Emerging Self Advocates with Autism Spectrum and Other Conditions by Valerie Paradiz and Ed.D. Shore Stephen

Aspergirls by Rudy Simone

Autism’s False Prophets by Paul A. Offit M.D.

Aquamarine Blue 5: Personal Stories of College Students with Autism Edited by Dawn Prince-Hughes

Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone, by Douglas Biklen

I Think I Might Be Autistic: A Guide To Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis and Self-Discovery for Adults by Cynthia Kim

Thinking In Pictures by Temple Grandin

The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome by Tony Attwood

The Spoon Knife Anthology: Thoughts on Defiance, Compliance and Resistance by  Michael Scott Monje Jr. , N.I. Nicholson, Sarah Caulfield

War on Autism: On the Cultural Logic of Normative Violence by Anne McGuire


Addressing Ableism Among Parents and Autism “Professionals”:

The Real Experts: Readings for Parents of Autistic Children by Michelle Sutton

The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal by Jonathan Mooney

Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism edited by Shannon Des Roches Rosa, Jennifer Byde Myers, Liz Ditz, Emily Willingham, & Carol Greenburg

Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry M. Prizant, PhD, audio book available read by P.J. Ochlan

Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism by Roy Richard Grinker

The ABCs of Autism Acceptance by Sparrow Rose Jones

Imaginary Friends by Michael Scott Monje, Jr. (fiction)

Diversity in Ontario’s Youth and Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Complex Needs in Unprepared Systems by Kevin P. Stoddart PhD, Lillian Burke PhD, Barbara Muskat PhD, Jason Manett PhD (Cand.),  Sarah Duhaime MSW, Claudia Accardi MSW, Priscilla Burnham Riosa PhD, Elspeth Bradley PhD, MB BS

Adults With Intellectual Disabilities And The Visual Arts : “It’s Not Art Therapy!” By Sara Lige

Social Skills and Adulting:

Language, Culture, and Communication: The Meaning of Messages by Nancy Bonvillain

Neurolinguistics: An Introduction to Spoken Language Processing and its Disorders by John C. L. Ingram

Figurative Language by Barbara Dancygier and Eve Sweetser

Language Files: Materials for an Introduction to Language and Linguistics by Department of Linguistics, The Ohio State University

Nonverbal Communication by Albert Mehrabian

Nonverbal Communication by Robert A. Hinde

The Art of Acting by Stella Adler

The Girl With The Curly Hair Books by Alis Rowe:

-Asperger’s Syndrome: Meltdowns and Shutdowns 1 and 2

-Aspergers Syndrome and Anxiety

-Aspergers and Me

-Aspergers Syndrome and Puberty

– Aspergers Syndrome: Social Energy

-The Book of Curly Hair Theories: by the girl with the curly hair

The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger Syndrome by Jennifer Cook O’Toole, with Illustrations by Brian Bojanowski

Been There. Done That. Try This!: An Aspie’s Guide to Life on Earth by Tony Attwood

Learning the Hidden Curriculum: The Odyssey of One Autistic Adult by Judy Endow

Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum: What You Need to Know to Move into a Place of Your Own, Succeed at Work, Start a Relationship, Stay Safe, and Enjoy Life as an Adult on the Autism Spectrum by Lynne Soroya

Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults by Zosia Zaks and Dr Temple Grandin

Learning Outside the Lines: Two Ivy League Students With Learning Disabilities And ADHD Give You The Tools For Academic Success and Educational Revolution by Jonathan Mooney and David Cole


Disability rights and history:

The Evolution of Human Rights in Canada by Dr Dominique Clément, Will Silver, and Dr Daniel Trottier, published by the CHRC (pdf available online)

Teaching Human Rights in Ontario, A Guide For Ontario Schools from the OHRC (pdf available online)

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman

The Politics of Neurodiversity: Why Public Policy Matters, by Dana Lee Baker

Ethics and Neurodiversity – edited by Alexandra Perry and C.D. Herrera

The Ragged Edge: The Disability Experience from The Pages of the Disability Rag, edited by Barrett Shaw

Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment, by James I. Charlton

The Disability Studies Reader by Lennard J. Davis

Disability, Rights Monitoring, and Social Change: Building Power out of Evidence, edited by Marcia H. Rioux, Paula C. Pinto, Gillian Parekh

About Canada: Disability Rights by Deborah Stienstra

Here to Stay: Americans With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities by Michael T. Bailey

The Ring of Fire Anthology, by E.T. Russian

A History of Autism: Conversations with the Pioneers, by Adam Feinstein

Disability History In Canada: Present Work In The Field And Future Prospects, by Geoffrey Teaume, Ph.D.


Ontario Human Rights Commission Policy Guides:

Disability Related:

Guidelines on Accessible Education

Policy and Guidelines on Disability and the Duty to Accommodate

Policy on Drug and Alcohol Testing

Policy on Employment-Related Medical Information

Policy on Height and Weight Requirements

Policy on HIV/AIDS Related Discrimination

Policy on Human Rights and Rental Housing

Policy on Requiring a Driver’s Licence as a Condition of Employment

Human Rights At Work 2008 – Third Edition

Policy on Discrimination Against Older Persons Because of Age

Other Policy Guides:

Guidelines on Developing Human Rights Policies and Procedures

Guidelines on Special Programs

Policy and Guidelines on Discrimination Because of Family Status

Policy and Guidelines on Racism and Racial Discrimination

Policy on Creed and the Accommodation of Religious Observances

Policy on Discrimination and Harassment Because of Gender Identity

Policy on Discrimination and Harassment Because of Sexual Orientation

Policy on Discrimination and Language

Policy on Discrimination Because of Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Policy on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Policy on Scholarships and Awards

Policy on Sexual Harassment and Inappropriate Gender-Related Comments and Conduct

Guide To Releases With Respect to Human Rights Complaints

Guide to Your Rights and Responsibilities Under the Human Rights Code

Guidelines for Collecting Data on Enumerated Grounds Under the Code

HIRING? A Human Rights Guide

Police Record Checks For Vulnerable Sector Screening


Mental health/ Peer support:

Madness & Oppression: Paths to Personal Transformation and Collective Liberation, by the Icarus Project

Friends make the Best Medicine: A Guide to Creating Community Mental Health Support Networks, by the Icarus Project

Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs, by the Icarus Project and Freedom Centre

Guidelines for Starting & Maintaining a Peer Support Group Developed by: Sarah Robertson – Founder, Canadian BFRB Support Network Jennifer Raikes – Executive Director, The Trichotillomania Learning Centre (TLC)

Mutual Support and Mental Health: A Route to Recovery, by Maddy Loat

Community Mental Health in Canada, Revised and Expanded Edition: Theory, Policy, and Practice by Simon Davis

Don’t Call Me Nuts: Coping with the Stigma of Mental Illness by Patrick W. Corrigan, and Robert Lundin

Mad Pride: A Celebration of Mad Culture edited by Ted Curtis

Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide by Kate Borstein

I Don’t Know How to Help You, by Jessie Duke


Intersectional Advocacy:

The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease by Jonathan M. Metzl

Two-Spirit People: Native American Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality edited by Sue-Ellen Jacobs, Wesley Thomas, and Sabine Lang

Handbook of Affirmative Psychotherapy with Lesbians and Gay Men by Kathleen Y. Ritter and Anthony I. Terndrup

The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability by Susan Wendell

Feminist, Queer, Crip by Alison Kafer

Expanding the Circle: Aboriginal People with Disabilities Know their Rights: Snap Shot by Marcia Rioux (principal investigator), York University and Expanding the Circle: Systemic Report (March 2016) by  Marcia Rioux (principal investigator), York University (pdfs available online)

Women From Another Planet?: Our Lives in the Universe of Autism by Jean Kearns Miller

Criptiques edited by Caitlin Wood

Queering Anarchism edited, by: C.B. Daring, J. Rogue, Deric Shannon, and Abbey Volcano, Forward by: Martha Ackelsberg

Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals by Jonathan Matthew Smucker

Feeding the Masses: A Guide to Mass Vegan Catering by the Anarchist Teapot Mobile Kitchen

Class Struggle and Mental Health published by Freedom Press

Mindful Occupation: Rising Up Without Burning Out, by the Occupy Mental Health Project

Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Eliza Barclay (pdf available online)


Art, Poetry, Humour, and Representation:

The Art Of Autism: Shifting Perceptions by Debra Hosseini

Typed Words, Loud Voices edited by Amy Sequenzia and Elizabeth J. Grace

Unintentional Humour: Celebrating the Literal Mind by Linda Gund Anderson

Accessing the Future: A Disability-Themed Anthology of Speculative Fiction Edited by Kathryn Allan , and Djibril al-Ayad

Ambivalent Advocate by Jane Meyerding

Forest For the Trees by Jane Meyerding

Mapping Charlie by Jane Meyerding

Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability by  Sheila Black, Jennifer Bartlett, and Michael Northen 

Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics by Leroy Moore

Defiant by Michael Scott Monje, Jr.

I’m Not A Poet but I Write Poetry: Poems from My Autistic Mind by Tito Mukhopadhyay

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

QDA: Queer Disability Anthology by Raymond Luzak

The Gold of Sunbeams and other Stories by Tito Mukhopadhyay

The Obsessive Joy of Autism by Julia Bascom

This is a Clothespin by Lucas Scheelk

Inbetweenland by Jacks McNamara

Plankton Dreams: What I Learned in Special Ed (Immediations) by Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay

The US Book by Michael Scott Monje, Jr.

Adrift in A Sea of M&Ms by Marcel “Fable the Poet” Price

Barking Sycamores: Year One edited by V. Solomon Maday & N.I. Nicholson

Maps to the Other Side: The Adventures of a Bipolar Cartographer, by Sacha Altman DuBrul

Spell Albuquerque by Tennessee Reed

My Thirteenth Winter, by Samantha Abeel

Peter And The Ants, by Nancy Getty


Disability Documentaries:

Code of the Freaks (not yet released)

Lives Worth Living (2011)

When Billy Broke His Head and Other Tales of Wonder (1995)

Employment Matters and Employment Matters Too (2015)

I Can’t Do This; But I Can Do That: A Film for Families About Learning Differences (2011)


Autism Documentaries:

Autism In Love (2015)

Neurotypical (2013)

Citizen Autistic (2014)

Loving Lampposts (2010)

Wretches & Jabberers (2011)


Intersectional Justice Documentaries: 

Sharing Tebwewin (2008)  (about Culturally Safe Healthcare)

Crisis Call (2003)


Documentaries about Eugenics in Canada: 

The Sterilization of Leilani Muir (1996) (Forced Sterilization)

We Were Children (2012) (Residential Schools)

Muffins For Granny (2007) (Residential Schools)

The Sixties Scoop: A Hidden Generation (not yet released)

Surviving Eugenics (2015) (Eugenics in Canada)