A Blessing and a Curse Autism and me



Growing up in Australia in the 1970s, Caiseal Mór was labelled ‘retarded’ and ‘an idiot’, and his parents were led to believe that physical punishment could cure his autism. In this courageous and captivating autobiography, Mór describes his early ability to dissociate from his true existence – a common reaction by children suffering from repeated abuse – and the various personas he lived through in his teens and early adulthood – the Mahji, Charles P. Puddlejumper, Marco Polo and Chameleon Feeble. The rocky path towards discovering his true identity and finally accepting himself takes him on a spiritual pilgrimage via several different countries, once nearly getting caught unwittingly carrying drugs over the Moroccan border; forming a series relationships with people he meets but very often misjudges; to the revelation – the awakening – of love and acceptance. A fascinating life story, this book is compelling reading for people with autism, their friends and family and anyone interested in autism spectrum disorders.