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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: EDS Publications Ltd. (Consignment) (30 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885477880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885477880
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.4 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 947,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I will have my daughter with Asperger's read this immediately, particularly the chapter on abuse. She NEEDS this information."Marianna Bond, Autism Chapter Leader

About the Author

Jerry Newport was diagnosed with Asperger's when he was 47 years old. Now a popular international speaker, he is one of the foremost advocates on adult issues that impact people with autism / Asperger's Syndrome. Jerry's fascinating, touching, and often humorous perspective on living on the spectrum makes his books and presentations intriguing and informative. His story was even featured on "60 Minutes." Jerry has a BA in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, and was a financial assistant for the UCLA Department of Medicine. He has been active in the Autism Society of America and is responsible for starting and running Adult Group United and Autistic (AGUA), a support group for adults diagnosed with autism / Asperger's / PDD. Mary Newport feels both challenged and blessed by Asperger's Syndrome. Her enthusiasm for life and head-on approach to challenges have enabled her to achieve success as an actress, composer, concert piano technician, gemologist, cosmetologist, and writer. Jerry and Mary live in Flagstaff, Arizona, and they hope their book will enrich your life, or the life of someone you love.


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because the contents doesn't match it. The views of sexuality in this book doesn't match the nineties. It is out of touch with the ease most teenagers today talk about sex, and seems mostly like a book sent from the fifties by a time machine. Or from somewhere out in the middle of nowhere, where they still live like the fifties. It even goes as far as saying it doesn't "mean to encourage pre-marital sexual activity" in a warning before a chapter about "birth control" etc. This reads as a complete joke to a scandinavian guy.
It completely lacks any information about using the internet!!! How could such a book be relevant today? All my friends use dating sites for finding dates and friends. Everybody has a profile somewhere. Dating sites makes it much easier for asperger people to find other people, which they can relate to, and avoid the hell from normal teenager parties. But the asperger needs some good hints for dating sites, they are not without pitfalls (just like old-style dating, but just a different set of pitfalls). He just mentions it a couple of times and discards it with "As far as getting dates from the Internet, I just don't see it".
I agree with roguealleycat's critique of the very narrow view of valuable lifestyle(s).
The book is set with a large sans serif font, so it's hard on the eyes, and large sections are in italics as they felt is was very important the reader could see what was written by his wife instead of himself. A more professional publishing agency and editing would help the readability. The book is a weird mix of guidelines for the parent, and daddy comments to the young. So it doesn't have a consistent target group.
Conclusion: If you consider living in the fifties, the book might be useful, otherwise...
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dfc50d8) out of 5 stars Bold and sensitive 20 Oct. 2002
By Teresa Bolick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jerry and Mary do a great job of tackling topics that many of us duck. I truly appreciate their emphasis upon the relationship as the cornerstone of intimacy and sexuality. They also provide practical advice about the sensory, hygiene, and "impression management" challenges that face many adolescents and adults with autism and Asperger Syndrome. Frankly, much of this is advice for anyone getting ready to face the world of dating and relationships!
As a parent and psychologist, I also appreciate the editor's notes that caution parents about the candor of the book and give permission to copy sections for their younger adolescent sons and daughters. It reminds us that even open-minded discussion must be done with sensitivity and responsibility.
Good job, Jerry and Mary!
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dfc512c) out of 5 stars Don't waste your money! 4 Jan. 2013
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I bought this book with promises that it was a great book for breaking down sex, puberty, and unique challenges like sensory issues and social development faced by those on the Autism spectrum. What a freaking waist of money!!! They don't even cover what sex is or what changes happen during puberty!
On top of that it is filled with double standards, hetero-normative language, gender bias, and anti-gay remarks! They tell girls that they need to wear make-up in order to be attractive and that men need to have short hair and "most women" don't like facial hair. Their is an entire chapter for "girls" telling them "What Men Want" that pretty much tells them not to bog down men in a relationship, to not ask out men because they may be seen as "easy", and numerous references to a woman's "virtue" as in her virginity!!! Then the section for boys about "What Women Want" speaks nothing to relationships, but goes through in detail of how to initiate and essentially control sex, including that he should be on top! I figured they were just going to skip right over homosexuality, but they did much worse than that by pretending to be "ok" with it while making anti-gay remarks which include some of the following gems: "Some autistic people, I believe, choose an alternative (bold and italicized) lifestyle. In other words, they are homosexuals..." (this is after committing several pages to celibacy as a lifestyle!) "I realize that a homosexual relationship is rarely the first choice parents have for their child. Honestly, everything being equal, it would not be my choice either." And my favorite: "You may find members of your own sex appealing sexually. If so, then be relaxed with your decision and get on with your life. Don't make being gay a crusade like Ellen DeGeneres did." They end the very short section about homosexuality (sandwiched between a lengthy section on celibacy and a conclusion that apologizes to the reader for having to read this chapter) with this remark, "And as for trying an alternative sexual orientation, I have to tell you that some who try it wind up as miserable as they were before." WTF? Not to even mention that this book is poorly written with tons of grammatical errors, sentence fragments, and typos. Oh, and it is entirely deceptive with a title and cover that makes you think this is supposed to be for teens, it is really for adults and I cannot see how it would be at all helpful for anyone in the pubescent age range, let alone those on the autism spectrum!!!! What a waste of money. "This is an "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know" kind of book!" That is the biggest lie, ever. Don't buy this.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dfc5408) out of 5 stars Telling it like it is 2 Aug. 2002
By Stephen M. Shore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Going where few have dared to go, Jerry and Mary Newport, have provided a clear road map for dealing with sensitive issues surrounding sexuality for both our peers on the autism spectrum as well as the rest of the autism spectrum community. Straight and to the point there is much for everyone to learn from this work. Thank you and well done!
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dfc5930) out of 5 stars An important start to a much needed topic of discusion 5 Aug. 2006
By Robin Orlowski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I appreciate the frankness which the author has decided to 'out' himself as a person with autism. This book tackles many areas which are still considered taboo for people with disabilities to know about.

Society still has hang ups thinking of people with disabilities as autonomous sexual beings. It wants to instead pretend that we are dependent children-vegetables. Even some so-called radical friends have become shocked to learn that people with disabilities participate in and enjoy sex.

Addressing people with disabilities as the primary audience will effectively help to shatter these stereotypes--although the title is also a good read for our families and friends.

However, as a heterosexual ally, I also must concur that he needed to include information on GLBT people--and avoid stereotypes. Because all people with disabilities are also outsiders to the status quo, such a limited and unfortunately one-dimensional view of sexuality is especially shocking and inappropriate.

It's great he acknowledges people with disabilities as being sexual beings, but then he seems to contradict himself by not giving adequate information when he had set out to write a book which was theoretically supposed to provide just that. Hopefully this issue will be resolved in future editions.
22 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dfc5948) out of 5 stars Don't judge this book by its cover 11 Aug. 2004
By flifdk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
because the contents doesn't match it. The views of sexuality in this book doesn't match the nineties. It is out of touch with the ease most teenagers today talk about sex, and seems mostly like a book sent from the fifties by a time machine. Or from somewhere out in the middle of nowhere, where they still live like the fifties. It even goes as far as saying it doesn't "mean to encourage pre-marital sexual activity" in a warning before a chapter about "birth control" etc. This reads as a complete joke to a scandinavian guy.

It completely lacks any information about using the internet!!! How could such a book be relevant today? All my friends use dating sites for finding dates and friends. Everybody has a profile somewhere. Dating sites makes it much easier for asperger people to find other people, which they can relate to, and avoid the hell from normal teenager parties. But the asperger needs some good hints for dating sites, they are not without pitfalls (just like old-style dating, but just a different set of pitfalls). He just mentions it a couple of times and discards it with "As far as getting dates from the Internet, I just don't see it".

I agree with roguealleycat's critique of the very narrow view of valuable lifestyle(s).

The book is set with a large sans serif font, so it's hard on the eyes, and large sections are in italics as they felt is was very important the reader could see what was written by his wife instead of himself. A more professional publishing agency and editing would help the readability. The book is a weird mix of guidelines for the parent, and daddy comments to the young. So it doesn't have a consistent target group.

Conclusion: If you consider living in the fifties, the book might be useful, otherwise...
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