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At the age of four, Andrew Edwards was diagnosed with autism. “Go home and watch Rain Man,” the specialist told his mother. “In all probability your son will be institutionalised.” Determined to prove the specialist wrong, Andrew’s mother set out to give her son the best life possible.
I’ve got a Stat for You is an honest and compelling account of one young man’s journey to manage his autism and achieve his goals. Raised in a single parent household and encountering bureaucracy, bullying, and a lack of understanding from many around him, Andrew emerged from a turbulent childhood to win a Welsh National Young Volunteer Award, give speeches on his condition, and secure his dream job as a statistician at Manchester United Television.
From Wrexham to Buckingham Palace, and incorporating stories of The Simpsons, sport, music, and strange smells – I’ve got a Stat for You is a powerful and inspirational tale that shows how determination, a positive outlook, and the will to succeed can overcome all odds!
“Self aware and very funny.” Stewart Lee
“If you have a friend or relative with autism then this really is a must read.” Hayley McQueen, Sky Sports
“Andrew’s ability to fight against the odds is an inspiration to many others.” BBC Wales Today
“A rare feat” BBC Five Live Afternoon Edition
“Fascinating” John Humphrys, BBC Radio Four Today
“Excellent insight into a very self-aware young Man with autism.” Book Nook
“After reading his story, I have a better understanding of how our son connects things or people to certain events.” Beauty Brite Blog
“This book is more than just autism. It is a families struggle to be heard in a world full of red tape.” Savette.com
“This book shows how Andrew has shone through.” Talk Radio Europe
“It is an interesting read and it makes one feel like you actually know the author and are part of his life.” Autismnow.com
“This book is a true testament to determination and if you work hard and believe in yourself with the help of your family, you CAN do it.” Kellysthoughtsonthings.com Blog
“Today, Andrew lives not just a normal, but indeed an exceptional life.” mom-spot.com
“Absolutely a “must read” for anyone who lives or works with an autistic person- or for anyone interested not just in autism, but in the complexities of human communication.” Michellesblog.co.uk
“Really interesting to read.” The Radcliffe and Maconie Show, BBC 6 Music
“Offers a fascinating insight into the condition.” Welsh Daily Post
“Andrew’s family haven’t had an easy life but they work so well as a team.” Daily Express Online
Author: Andrew Edwards
Published 29 October 2015 | ISBN: 978-1-911121-00-8 | 170 pages (paperback) | £9.99 / $16.99 | Print, Kindle and iBooks