Ultimately, I have come away from reading Teresa’s memoir being far more sensitive and aware of how autism has affected my life. As Teresa suggests, the spectrum is probably wider than we realize. She shares Erik’s mindfulness, kindness and acceptance that Erik purely and gracefully presents. Erik is devoid of the judgment ego. She reminds us that since her son was diagnosed 17 years ago, our world has a greater knowledge of autism, and as such, with her advocacy and his developed skills, he has gained great admiration and respect. YET, Teresa reminds us that we still have far more to understand.
Teresa’s story is one for all: educators, parents, grandparents, medical professionals and anyone looking to have a greater understanding of our humanity. It is inspiring, humorous and guiding while offering repeated examples of courage and wise reflection. The journey is packaged in short digestible chapters that will leave you laughing and crying while nodding over the multiple metaphors, analogies, and idioms. What’s Not Allowed has the potential to be an explosive film one day!