Kelly is volunteering with the Human Library Champaign-Urbana with the title “late life autism diagnosis.” She says, “From early childhood, I accepted that I was a quirky and sometimes challenging person, but these qualities were balanced against significant gifts. I got married to my college sweetheart, earned a doctorate, pursued a career, and had a son. During my son’s diagnosis with Asperger’s, I realized that I, too, was probably autistic. Receiving a diagnosis unified many things about myself that I’d thought were unrelated quirks and put me in touch with a community of others like myself. My book focuses on what it’s like to live with autism, at all and as a woman, and to receive a diagnosis late in life.”

 



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