Uncommon Sense: An Autistic Journey
Pub Date: October 2, 2021
5.5 X 8.5 in | 196pgs
Trade Paperback : 9781988989358
Finalist - Next generation Indie Awards Memoirs and Regional Non-Fiction
"Told as a child that his autism meant he might never communicate effectively with other people or forge meaningful relationships, Adam Mardero had to fight harder than most to believe in himself. In this touching and exuberant memoir, he chronicles his struggles and his victories on the way to realizing that he is perfectly okay the way he is. His story is by turns funny, painful and determined, but always engaging."
- Catherine McKercher, author of Shut Away: When Down Syndrome was a Life Sentence
"Mardero's quirky (and at times touchingly geeky) narrative is funny, thoughtful, and endlessly informative. Through his stories of growing up as an autistic individual, we're given a glimpse into not only the singular challenges but also, the astonishing triumphs that are an inextricable part of living a neurodivergent life."
-Hollay Ghadery, author of Fuse: A Memoir on Mixed Race Identity and Mental Health
What does it mean to be Autistic?
For Adam Mardero in particular, being diagnosed at the age of nine felt like embarking on an epic lifelong quest for understanding and self-acceptance. He shares how he navigated the darkest dungeons and brightest triumphs of life on the Autistic Spectrum and through it all discovers the ultimate treasure: what it really means to find yourself and live life on your own terms.
About the Author
Adam Mardero was diagnosed with Asperger’s at the age of nine, and what became the beginning of his journey to understand and accept himself. Uncommon Sense is a reflection of his self-discovery on his own terms. Mardero founded the blog Differently Wired to educate and advocate for neurodiversity. He holds a Master’s Degree in History and a Bachelor of Education. Since coming to terms with being neurodivergent, he’s dedicated his life to helping further the causes of Autism and neurodiversity acceptance. Adam lives in Sudbury, Ontario.