Donna Williams

She was a lovely person and her work on Autism and Sociology is relevant; her books are used in courses on special education & psychology.

On her blog, in fact, in her last post, she wrote:


As a person diagnosed with autism, I became a published author in 1991, an international public speaker in 1994 and then an autism consultant in 1996.  As an autism consultant, I have worked with over 1000 families and individuals since 1996.

This is a story about Polly told by her husband on her memorial:

Memorial speech by Chris Samuel, Polly’s husband:

Once Polly was about to fly on a plane and she asked the check-in person about getting an aisle seat so she she wasn’t surrounded by people.   The person asked if there was any special reason for this and Polly said “Because I’m autistic”.  The person looked annoyed and said “I’m sorry, but being artistic is no reason for special treatment!”.


Her life:

Donna Williams is an Australian born adult with autism who was assessed as psychotic at the age of 2 in 1965, labelled disturbed in the 1970s and diagnosed as autistic in her 20s in 1991.

She acquired functional speech in late childhood and went on to become a qualified teacher with an honors degree in Sociology and a degree in Linguistics. She is the author of two international bestselling autobiographies and has 10 published books including 4 text books widely used in autism education and two books of poetry and prose.

As a screenwriter, she wrote the screenplay to “Nobody Nowhere”, the first book in her 4 book autobiographical series. That screenplay is currently under option to become a Hollywood film. She is an professional artistsinger-songwriter and published poet as well as a world renowned public speaker on autism now living with her husband in Australia. In her presentations she draws not only on her own experiences but on international experience as a professional autism consultant since 1996. .

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