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Aquamarine Blue 5: Personal Stories of College Students with Autism Paperback – 25 Nov 2002

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Swallow Press; 1 edition (25 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804010544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804010542
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 626,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the first book to be written by autistic college students who have been diagnosed with Asperger s Syndrome or with High Functioning Autism. It demonstrates their unique way of looking at and solving problems and the challenges they face. "Aquamarine Blue 5" details the struggles of these highly sensitive students and shows that there are gifts specific to autistic students that enrich the university system, scholarship, and the world as a whole. "Her unusual approach to understanding human behavior leads to powerfully clear analysis of the problems faced by people with Autism.
"ForeWord""

These essays exhibit a level of awareness, effective writing, and sophisticated understanding of the world they must cope with that are usually thought beyond the capabilities of even the highest-functioning people with autism.
Clara Claiborne Park, author of "Exiting Nirvana: A Daughter s Life with Autism""

About the Author

Dawn Prince-Hughes, who has Asperger syndrome, is an adjunct professor of anthropology at Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington.

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This is a collection of writings by college / university students on the autistic spectrum, talking about both their challenges and their gifts, as well providing an insight into their lives. This will probably be of most use to those planning to go into higher education who might want to get a better idea of what it will be like and what situations they may face, but will be of interest to anyone who enjoys reading about the experiences of others. The only thing that disappointed me a little was that many of the contributors were studying similar courses and had similar experiences, so it didn't cover the wide range of experiences I hoped it would, but it was a good read all the same.
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This is an excellent book that explains what adults with autism/Asperger's contend with. This book is composed of essays by university students who provide personal accounts of what living with autism/Asperger's means and how they have coped and made giant steps forward.

I like the passage about synesthesia, that is linked sensory modes. One contributor explains how numbers and letters have colors; henceforth the title "Aquamarine Blue 5." She explains how certain sounds can have colors; this sensory condition has until very recently received little press.

Synesthesia can take on many forms. For certain people on the a/A spectrum, synesthesia is part of the sensory package. Some people can taste and smell certain words; colors can have an auditory component and in some cases, people have reported being able to see music.

How I wish I had this book when I was a university student! This sterling gem of a book helps clarify so much of what the Autism/Asperger's experience is all about for so many people.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars View from the inside 14 Jan. 2003
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Format: Paperback
An intriguing collection of essays by those on the autistic spectrum(AS). The editor has deliberately resisted overediting of the essays so the AS style of thinking and wording comes through. The writers mostly focus on their college and young adult years and the problems with finding friends and employment. Life poses many difficulties, even for higher functioning AS people with college degrees. They have academic and job skills, but the social differences pose a significant barrier.
A relative of mine found this book helpful in giving insight to how some AS people perceive and encounter the world. This book might also be helpful to AS teenagers and young adults to help them realize a commonality of experience.
I am amazed by the explosion of books on Aspergers and autistic spectrum disorders. Until recently, there were only a few books available with the "inside" perspective of autism, such as by Temple Grandin. I welcome the contribution of others' perspectives.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making Sense of the Senses 23 Aug. 2004
By BeatleBangs1964 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book that explains what adults with autism/Asperger's contend with. This book is composed of essays by university students who provide personal accounts of what living with autism/Asperger's means and how they have coped and made giant steps forward.

I like the passage about synesthesia, that is linked sensory modes. One contributor explains how numbers and letters have colors; henceforth the title "Aquamarine Blue 5." She explains how certain sounds can have colors; this sensory condition has until very recently received little press.

Synesthesia can take on many forms. For certain people on the a/A spectrum, synesthesia is part of the sensory package. Some people can taste and smell certain words; colors can have an auditory component and in some cases, people have reported being able to see music.

How I wish I had this book when I was a university student! This sterling gem of a book helps clarify so much of what the Autism/Asperger's experience is all about for so many people.

I wish I could rate this one even more stars. This book is truly outstanding.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Job Difficulties, Asperger, highlighted in Aquamarine Blue 5, Dawn Prince-Hughes 11 May 2007
By Christopher R. Marsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As one of the contributors to Aquamarine Blue 5, I know employment is a not only a matter of difficulty for people with Asperger syndrome, it is frequently a matter of sheer injustice.

The movie Independence Day strikes such a chord with me because at one point, a B-2 stealth bomber launches a thermonuclear stand-off missile at the space ship over Houston. Except for General William Grey (Robert Loggia), the military leaders are sure they nailed it. Until the ground crew verifies that the ship's shield withstood even a nuclear warhead.

It is aggravating to throw the best you have at something like searching for a job and full adult community participation, like your mates from college and graduate school, but to be restricted from full participation. Martin Luther King Jr. wasn't just fighting African American injustice. Once I was an oppressed Caucasian man.

Later, however, another solution does work to eliminate the aliens from Earth.

My story does have a happy ending. I did not get to use certain parts of my Asperger mind for the specific occupational purposes of planning and executing research studies or for multivariate analysis by computer. But I have used the same parts of my mind for identical mental tasks: planning, writing, and executing computer programs and Web pages, and the ability to handle quite a few software applications beyond SPSS, and even beyond Access: SQL Server. And it may be better paid than the first career.

There is plenty to challenge everyone with autism and Asperger. Full employment does not make that fact go away. Namely, it might be hard finding someone to share your well-earned joy and success with. And we will never completely eliminate occasional prejudice from the human race. Because challenges persist for life so must our understanding and support. Indeed, we have become more sympathetic as human beings thanks to life experience, and our life experience often helps us be thankful spiritually too.

I recommend Aquamarine Blue 5 for its emphasis on issues relevant to the young Asperger adult.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could have read a book like this ten years ago... 28 Jan. 2006
By Suzie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a collection of writings by college / university students on the autistic spectrum, talking about both their challenges and their gifts, as well providing an insight into their lives. This will probably be of most use to those planning to go into higher education who might want to get a better idea of what it will be like and what situations they may face, but will be of interest to anyone who enjoys reading about the experiences of others. The only thing that disappointed me a little was that many of the contributors were studying similar courses and had similar experiences, so it didn't cover the wide range of experiences I hoped it would, but it was a good read all the same.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding the college scene when you have AS 12 Oct. 2005
By A. H. Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Since my son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome 7 years ago, I've watched the information on this issue explode. Information about adults with AS is just appearing on the market. This is one such book. Written by college students with AS, each essay contributes a unique understanding of what it means to enter adulthood with AS.

The editor, Dawn Prince-Hughes, consciously maintained the intergrity of each writer's unique style. At times the use of train of thought might be a little tricky for a neurotypical person to follow. But this is a lesson in and of itself: The person with AS has a different perspective of the world and we need to learn to embrace those differences.

Any parent with a teen with AS and any teen/college student with AS should read these first hand accounts of the lives of real people with real issues.
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