• Unmasking Autism

  • Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity
  • By: Devon Price
  • Narrated by: Devon Price
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (238 ratings)

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A deep dive into the spectrum of Autistic experience and the phenomenon of masked Autism, giving individuals the tools to safely uncover their true selves while broadening society’s narrow understanding of neurodiversity

“A remarkable work that will stand at the forefront of the neurodiversity movement.”—Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP, author of Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism

For every visibly Autistic person you meet, there are countless “masked” Autistic people who pass as neurotypical. Masking is a common coping mechanism in which Autistic people hide their identifiably Autistic traits in order to fit in with societal norms, adopting a superficial personality at the expense of their mental health. This can include suppressing harmless stims, papering over communication challenges by presenting as unassuming and mild-mannered, and forcing themselves into situations that cause severe anxiety, all so they aren’t seen as needy or “odd.”

In Unmasking Autism, Dr. Devon Price shares his personal experience with masking and blends history, social science research, prescriptions, and personal profiles to tell a story of neurodivergence that has thus far been dominated by those on the outside looking in. For Dr. Price and many others, Autism is a deep source of uniqueness and beauty. Unfortunately, living in a neurotypical world means it can also be a source of incredible alienation and pain. Most masked Autistic individuals struggle for decades before discovering who they truly are. They are also more likely to be marginalized in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, and other factors, which contributes to their suffering and invisibility. Dr. Price lays the groundwork for unmasking and offers exercises that encourage self-expression, including:

• Celebrating special interests
• Cultivating Autistic relationships
• Reframing Autistic stereotypes
• And rediscovering your values

It’s time to honor the needs, diversity, and unique strengths of Autistic people so that they no longer have to mask—and it’s time for greater public acceptance and accommodation of difference. In embracing neurodiversity, we can all reap the rewards of nonconformity and learn to live authentically, Autistic and neurotypical people alike.

*Includes a downloadable PDF of exercises, tables, lists, and a graph from the book

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2022 Devon Price (P)2022 Random House Audio

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A treasure trove of insight, intuition & research

This book is extremely relevant to current conversations about autism. The author Dr Devon Price does an excellent job of explaining the masked autistic experience. Which is impressive considering how different we all are. They go out of their way to explain how intersecting identities can effect how autism is perceived by society and effects how an individual is able to walk through the world. A great book to give to loved ones who need a bit of help educating themselves. Dr Devon Price also holds no punches in detailing the social, economic, and institutional abuses regularly suffered by the autistic community historically and in the present day. More discussions need to be had about how we can build a more neurodivergent friendly world, and this book is an excellent jumping off point for those kinds of discussions. Cannot recommend it highly enough.

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Insightful

I appreciated every chapter of this book and the context provided by the author. I’m going to take these concepts to my self-determined autistic husband who’s life has been a series of unfortunate experiences and many diagnosis’ that didn’t feel right. It was an easy listen and I will probably listen again in a few months to see what I’ll take away when I have learned more and have watched my husbands progress in hopefully loving himself.

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A must read

This books is a must read for anyone who is autistic, loves someone who is autistic, or works in education, healthcare, or tangential to them. Autism is a poorly understood and complex disability, and it is deeply refreshing and empowering to read a book on autism by an autistic author and centered on autistic experiences.

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Game changer!

I’ve never felt so understood in my life.
I truly NEVER finish books but I *listened to* this book in two days at work! Cover to cover.
I just might hyper fixate and read it a few more times!

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Amazing!!

So grateful for the author. They go in depth and explain their experiences in ways my special Ed training never touched on. I have a much better understanding of what my child deals with every day and have taken a hard look at my interactions with them. How I speak to and what I expect from others has been greatly altered after this book. I have learned so much to make me a better human and advocate.

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Great Social Analysis + Self-Help

I really enjoyed devouring this audiobook. Packed with social analyses of the pressures to "appear normal," Unmasking Autism guides the reader to both radical self-acceptance and non-judgment of others.
Also, the reading of the contents by the author ensures that the book communicates in its intended tone. Thank you.

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A holistic resource that centers autistic needs

I’m an autistic researcher researching autism, and Dr. Price’s Unmasking Autism is a holistic book covering the entirety of the autistic experience concerning the neurotypical world. The concept of unmasking is often discussed but rarely integrated into the autistic conversation on a grand scale - even though it is the single best thing for autistic health. I’ll be recommending this book to colleagues, friends, and family because I think this is a critical resource for our survival and success.

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Necessary reading for everyone

If you are diagnosed autistic, think you could be autistic, or have autistic people in your life: Please read this. Dr. Price provides a concise summery of current knowledge and dialogue around autism and other forms of neurodivergence, before breaking down many of the ways that living as a autistic person interacts with our current society. Compassionate, honest, and very necessary.

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Wow, amazing book

This book had me feeling so seen and validated. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve told to read/listen to this book. Whether you are autistic (or think you may be), or someone you know/love may be, this book is liberating, empowering and informative. Best books I’ve read/listened to all year.

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More depth than typical autism books. Written by and for autistics with an emphasis on intersectionality, the power of owning your diagnosis, and analysis of how to get to a more accepting world.

Definitely not a good book if you're starting at square one on your understanding of autism and unmasking but amazing for those who already have a baseline of knowledge and hope to live more authentically.
I really enjoyed it.