Camouflage: The Hidden Lives of Autistic Women is a completely necessary teaching tool, for kids and adults alike. This nonfiction guide beautifully and intellectually illustrates how autism manifests in women and how women’s experiences are often completely different from men’s.
It’s upsetting to hear that even medical professionals misunderstand autism in girls and women, often misdiagnosing them due to a lack of research or knowledge. The women interviewed within the novel talk about doctors and specialists who have those misconceptions, and it’s clear greater education is needed. Each of these women are at different stages in their lives, and hearing their stories and interactions with the world at large adds a lot to the novel. This isn’t just a parade of facts and figures, though those are included and presented in an easy-to-understand way.
The artwork is very modern and adds a lot to the story. The style makes it easier to understand these women’s experiences through a variety of panel layouts and a combination of dialogue, visual aids, and artistic representation of the facts.
The stories in Camouflage are extremely empowering, and as a guide, this is a great start to understanding the complexities of autism.
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
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