Books

Birsen has written 3 books about her life with autism.

Book 1 ‘I don’t want to be invisible anymore’
In her first book ‘I don’t want to be invisible anymore’ Birsen wrote her life story. A life with autism in an immigrant culture in the Netherlands. Although her loving and caring parents tried everything to make Birsen have friends with other peers and family members, there was incomprehension in the surroundings about autism (otizm in Turkish). By praying and meeting people, the problem would resolve itself.

In immigrant cultures little is known about the various forms of the autism spectrum disorder like the syndrome of Asperger and PDD-NOS. Birsen wants to change that. So she gives young adults immigrants with autism a voice. This book has been published in collaboration with the Dutch Association for Autism. The Dutch Association for Autism has added an additional chapter for parents, care workers and teachers about autism in the immigrant culture.

Unfortunately this book has not yet been translated into the English language.

Book 2 ‘The jungle of autism’
‘When I’m there, it’s like i’m walking in a jungle. The jungle includes all the people in the room. I can not find the way and do not know with which people to stand with. It looks like i’m the only one walking there.’

Birsen got at the age of 21 the diagnose autism. In her book ‘The jungle with autism’ Birsen tells about the steps she takes to develop herself on the field of social interaction, communication and changes. Although Birsen finds it really difficult she tries to go network evenings, tries out new food and even went with a group of Turkish girls to Istanbul, Turkey.

Unfortunately this book has not yet been translated into the English language.

Book 3 ‘My World of autism’
In this little book Birsen writes on a touching and clear way short texts about various subjects she encounters in her daily life. This book has no fixed order. You can start with reading wherever and whenever you want. My world of autism is a must for anyone who wants to take a look at the mindset of a person with autism.

MY WORLD WITH AUTISM
On the outside
Nothing to see
I think and
Observe differently
Then other people

In this book
I try to
Tell you more
Welcome to my
World of autism

Unfortately this book has not yet been translated into the English language.