New Book Offers Insight into Living with Autism, Imparts Hope

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Tyler Lagasse and Deborah Lagasse share how they overcame autism

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“What Do you Say? Autism with Character” shines a beacon of hope to people with and without disabilities everywhere.

Tyler Lagasse began reading and writing at the age of 2. His parents were amazed but when he would not talk to them, their amazement turned to concern. By the age of 4, they had their answer: Tyler was diagnosed with a form of autism. Deborah Lagasse was determined to “fix” her son and spent hours researching about autism. What she ultimately discovered was that Tyler was not broken.

In “What Do You Say?: Autism with Character” (published by Xlibris), Tyler and Deborah talk about their journey, offering a glimpse into the experiences of both child and parent living with autism. By sharing their story, the authors shatter the perception that living with autism equals a life sentence of inadequate and unfulfilling relationships. Tyler shows how rich his relationships are and how connected he is to everyone he encounters.

“The message of this book is that in order to overcome any challenge, you must have willingness to recognize the strength and skills that our children posses,” Deborah says, “We must build on those positive characteristics to meet success.”

“What Do you Say? Autism with Character” shines a beacon of hope to people with and without disabilities everywhere.

“What Do You Say?: Autism with Character”
By Tyler Lagasse and Deborah Lagasse
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 374 pages | ISBN 9781503556843
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 374 pages | ISBN 9781503556836
E-Book | 374 pages | ISBN 9781503556850
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Tyler Lagasse has been a Special Olympics athlete since 2002. He has received his associates’ degree with honors from Middlesex Community College in Lowell, Massachusetts, and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Deborah Lagasse is a teacher at Greater Lowell Technical High School. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s of Education in occupational education from Fitchburg State University. She is married to Ronald Lagasse, and they are the proud parents of Tyler and his older brother, Clint Lagasse. Deborah has worked with many parents on the issue of special needs and educating their children.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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