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Drawing Autism

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Autism spectrum disorder is found in one of every eighty-eight children—this gorgeous book offers powerful insight into the disorder.

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What people are saying…

Editor Jill Mullin is the recipient of an inaugural Felix Award, given by Brooklyn-based Extreme Kids & Crew to honor people whose work has questioned, deepened, and broadened the general public’s perception of disability. Mullin will receive her Felix in Art Award at Extreme Kids’ May 14 Gala at Littlefield in Gowanus, Brooklyn. For more information, please visit extremekidsandcrew.org.

Drawing Autism highlights an ‘area where individuals with autism can have great abilities.’ . . . Jill Mullin, a clinical therapist, explores the recurring themes in art made by people with autism.”
New York Times Book Review

One of Brain Picking’s Best Art, Design, and Photography Books of 2014

“This book is a testament to the power of art to reveal the inner world of people living with ASD.”
Publishers Weekly

“A jaw-droppingly beautiful book.”
Library Journal

Included in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel‘s “96 Books For Your Summer Reading List” under “7 Visually Appealing Books”

Drawing Autism is not just a book about autism and art—it’s a book about being human and expressing selfhood in all its beautiful, messy, complex forms. Add Drawing Autism to your wish list, tell your friends about it, and show it to your kids on the spectrum.”
Autism/Asperger’s Digest

“Mullin, a behavior analyst, brings together fascinating works by 40 artists on the spectrum with their answers to her questions about their process.”
The Boston Globe

“Editor Jill Mullin has collected artwork from a host of painters and other graphic artists who are all somewhere on the spectrum. The fascinating and often lovely reprints in Drawing Autism help provide another perspective on the capabilities of people with autism.”
Time Out New York

“Mullin’s clinical background in Applied Behavior Analysis, combined with more than a decade helping individuals with ASD, serve her well as the book’s curator.”
The Portland Phoenix

“[Editor Jill Mullin] has put together a beautiful and stimulating exhibition-in-a-book.”
Story Circle Book Reviews

“A book of astonishing beauty.”
BOOKS (France)

Drawing Autism is absolutely wonderful in its entirety.”
Brain Pickings

“Jill Mullin embraces the full range and spectrum of autism and artistic expression . . . Rich and varied images.”

“This book is like a key to opening doors across educational and medical landscapes. But perhaps even more importantly, the fact that many of the artists are able to explain what they were feeling at the time of their drawings will surely help this book find solid footing among parents, caregivers, and extended family members who have, up to this point, struggled to understand the inner workings of their precious loved one’s autistic mind.”
—New York Journal of Books

“What is the actual experience of living with autism in a deep-felt sense, beyond the social stereotypes and headline-worthy superskills? Drawing Autism, a celebration of the artistry and self-expression found in artwork by people diagnosed with autism, explores just that. The stunning volume, with an introduction by Grandin herself, features works by more than 50 international contributors, from children to established artists, that illustrate the rich multiplicity of the condition.”

Drawing Autism is a drop-dead beautiful book that celebrates the artistry and self-expression found in the drawings, paintings, and collages created by individuals diagnosed with autism. It is a stunning, thoughtful and yes, HOPEFUL book that is not just for families touched by autism, but for all who are curious about the disorder, which affects more than 1 in 150 children.”

“If you’re a practicing or aspiring art therapist, this book is essential reading and it also offers the casual reader an insight into this curious strand of outsider art.”
Grafik Magazine


Over the last decade autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has become an international topic of conversation, knowing no racial, ethnic, or social barriers. Behavior analyst and educator Mullin has assembled a staggering array of work from established artists like Gregory Blackstock and Jessica Park, to the unknown but no less talented. Their creations, coupled with artist interviews, comprise a fascinating and compelling book that serves to educate and inspire anyone who knows someone diagnosed with ASD. Mullin’s introduction and the foreword by best-selling author Temple Grandin provide an overview of autism and advocate for nurturing the talents, artistic and otherwise, of autistic individuals.

Using artwork created by individuals diagnosed with ASD, Drawing Autism celebrates their artistry and self-expression while also serving as an accessible point of entry into understanding how ASD manifests in individuals. Autism is known as a “spectrum disorder” because no two diagnoses are exactly the same; however, there are characteristic traits of ASD. Through their art, the contributors exhibit unique perspectives on how they see the world and their places in it. The book’s seven chapters—Interaction, Individual and Societal; Repetition, Repetition, Repetition; Getting from Here to There; Bird’s Eye View; Another World; It’s All History; Art for Art’s Sake—speak directly to the core characteristics of ASD.

Includes a foreword by TEMPLE GRANDIN, PhD, who is considered the most accomplished adult with autism in the world. She is the author of several books, including the best sellers The Way I See It and Animals in Translation.

To see a gallery of images from Drawing Autism in The New York Review of Books, please click here. To see images from Drawing Autism featured in NY Metro Parents, please click here. To see images from Drawing Autism at gbtimes, please click here. To see images from Drawing Autism at Autism Speaks, please click here. To see “13 Extraordinary Pictures by Autistic Artists” at Buzzfeed, please click here.

Listen to interviews with editor Jill Mullin on Book Talk with Kory French; and at KUCI (88.9 FM Irvine).

Read interviews with Jill Mullin at Deborah Kalb Books, Shelf Awareness, and the Current.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Published: 3/25/14
  • IBSN: 9781617751981
  • e-IBSN: 9781617752087


JILL MULLIN, MA MSEd BCBA, is a New York City-based behavior analyst who has been working with individuals with ASD since 2000. She is the editor of Drawing Autism.

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