Like Colour to the Blind

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Like Colour to the Blind
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Author Donna Willams
Genre Autobiography
Publisher Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publication date


ISBN 978-1-85302-720-8
OCLC 42379583
Preceded by Somebody Somewhere
Followed by Everyday Heaven

Like Colour To The Blind (1998) is the third in a series of four autobiographical works by internationally bestselling autistic author Donna Williams.[1] Once published in the US using the American spelling 'color', it is now published worldwide by Jessica Kingsley Publishers using the UK spelling 'colour'. It has been published in several languages worldwide.[citation needed]

Like Colour To The Blind covers Williams' relationship and 'accidental marriage' to 'Ian', a man on the autistic spectrum as she exorcises the vast array of stored behaviours, responses, actions and phrases from her repertoire to discover what is left that is 'self'. The pair also develop a system called 'checking' which they use to tap into true wants and likes, as the only means of differentiating these from stored or learned responses.[citation needed]

The book relates Williams' diagnosis with scotopic sensitivity syndrome, and her experience with tinted lenses on her visual perceptual disorders including visual fragmentation, context blindness, face blindness, and loss of depth perception.[2][3][4] This led to a wide social awakening to visual perceptual disorders in people on the autistic spectrum.[5][6][7]

Williams also writes about facilitated communication, covering the story of 'Alex' and quoting his first letters, as he develops communication for the first time through assisted typing, enabling his movement from special education towards a future as a college graduate.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Like Colour to the Blind: Soul Searching and Soul Finding. Archived 2007-11-30 at the Wayback Machine. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  2. ^ Fouse, Beth and Maria Wheeler. (1997). A Treasure Chest of Behavioral Strategies for Individuals with Autism. Future Horizons. p. 74. ISBN 1885477368.
  3. ^ Autism Information Autism-PDD.
  4. ^ Bogdashina, Olga. (2003). Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Different Sensory Experiences, Different Perceptual Worlds. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. ISBN 978-1-84310-166-6
  5. ^ Archived August 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Research Autism - Coloured Filters. Research Autism.
  7. ^ The Irlen Method Kyle's Treehouse. Kyle Westphal Foundation. Archived December 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

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