Published Books (and Books in Preparation)



Advance Praise for Unemployed on the Autism Spectrum: How to Cope Productively with the Effects of Unemployment and Jobhunt with Confidence

Published 2016 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers

(Scroll down for Advance Praise to Asperger's From the Inside-Out)


Michael John Carley’s brave and witty Unemployed on the Autism Spectrum explains in simple language how people on the spectrum can negotiate some of the trickiest aspects of a neurotypical world.  Carley provides cogent advice on how to do and be what is needed in professional contexts without burying your true self and identity, and he does so with immense charm and hard-won wisdom.  

—Andrew Solomon, PhD, professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University and National Book Award-winning author of Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression


"'Unemployed on the Autism Spectrum' presents a very fresh perspective on joblessness.  Michael's message will help many people with ASD.

—Temple Grandin; Author: Developing Talents, The Autistic Brain


Michael John Carley has long been a champion and respected leader in addressing quality of life and mental health needs of persons on the autism spectrum.  In Unemployed on the Autism Spectrum, he goes at one of the most challenging issues that is sadly all too common for spectrumites, but does so with practical advice from his first hand experiences as an unemployed autistic person, and as a support for so many others. In a highly respectful, personal and intimate manner, Michael wisely addresses the absolute priorities of emotional well-being and living a healthy lifestyle as inseparable from seeking employment. Infused with poignant quotes and anecdotes from many autistic people, this book is a call to action, and provides specific guidelines to motivate readers to take control and make positive changes in their lives.  Thanks to Michael’s deep wisdom and generosity, this book will help countless individuals transform their lives for the better.

—Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Author, Uniquely Human


If you are on the autism spectrum, or simply care about someone who is, then you really should to read this book. However, if you are among those of us diagnosed as "typical," then you NEED to read this book.  Why? Because in "Unemployed on the Autism Spectrum" Michael Carly will introduce you to a vast, untapped workforce of people who just may be your next essential employee and who, simply by you taking that first step toward understanding neurodiversity, may well change both your lives for the better.

—Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D.; President, Peter Gerhardt Associates, LLC


“Unemployed on the Autism Spectrum,” should be required reading for every person as they enter their adult lives, not just individuals diagnosed with autism. It is like having an older, and worldly brother provide guidance, support and encouraging ideas as one journeys on the obstacle course to employment.  Filled with facts, personal anecdotes and a unique perspective on the challenges faced by individuals on the spectrum, Michael John Carley has written a highly readable resource not only for those on the autism spectrum, but for all who seek to better understand and employ them.

—Linda J. Walder; Founder and Executive Director of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation for Adult Autism


A tremendously valuable resource this volume addresses an important, and rarely discussed issue.  As with all of us individuals on the autism spectrum often face issues of employment and best approaches to finding new jobs.  This volume brings considerable insight into the issue of employment for persons with Asperger's and higher functioning autism.  Full of practical and useful advice it will be an immense help to those seeking to enter the work force. 

—Fred R Volkmar, M.D., Irving B. Harris Professor; Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine; Editor in Chief, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders


If you’re looking for a book filled with fluffy platitudes promising an easy path toward employment for people on the spectrum, this isn’t the read for you. But if you’re a hopeful realist who wants counsel on how to deal with the ups and downs of unemployment (yes there are ups, as Carly will point out); encouraging guidance on how to believe in and achieve your own highest potential; pragmatic direction for building a strong background and dossier; and loads of helpful ideas for finding your way through the maze of hoops between unemployed and employed; then you have found the very book you are looking for!

—Liane Holliday Willey; author of Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger’s Syndrome and Safety Skills for Asperger Women: How to Save a Perfectly Good Female Life


As the Executive Director & CEO of both Gateway Academy/Spectrum College Transition Program and a mother of a 23 year old Aspie, I found Michael's perspective and insight more than enlightening. It was encouraging and informative! In my experience, the most difficult time for Aspie's is after they have completed their post secondary education, and the thought of securing a job disables them. As someone who "walks in their shoes", Michael offers a unique perspective and understanding. We will be making this book mandatory in our post secondary program. Thank you Michael!

—O. Robin Sweet; Executive Director & CEO, Gateway Academy



Advance Praise for Asperger’s From the Inside Out: A Supportive and Practical Guide for Anyone with Asperger's Syndrome

Published April, 2008 by Penguin/Perigee


"Adults with Asperger's Syndrome and others who think they might be Asperger's will greatly benefit from this book."

--Temple Grandin, Ph.D., author of Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation

"Michael John Carley is an articulate and passionate advocate for people with Asperger's Syndrome. His engaging book offers a thoughtful and creative roadmap for people with Aspergers and their loved ones."

--Mark Roithmayr, President, Autism Speaks

"Michael Carley is unique in his ability to combine and integrate his experiences with conclusions and insights that are remarkable and powerful. His unique ability to integrate, conceptualize, compare and contrast at such a high level is what makes his work stand out."

--Gary Mesibov, Ph.D., Director, Division TEACCH, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the
   University of North 
Carolina at Chapel Hill

"A wonderfully candid and encouraging book about navigating the world of Asperger's Syndrome. I recommend it to everyone, on or off the spectrum, who believes in creating a more tolerant and inclusive society."

--Sigourney Weaver, actress

"Michael John Carley is not only a successful leader in the AS community, he has proven himself to be a gifted writer. EVERYONE who is involved with the Asperger Syndrome Community, their family, friends, and the professionals who help them MUST read this book!"

-- Susan J. Moreno, M.A., A.B.S.,President, MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome


"It’s a new day for adults with Asperger’s! Michael John Carley offers reflective, penetrating and exquisitely expressed personal descriptions of the inner and outer challenges faced by people with AS. The person with AS will find a family, a community of like-minded individuals and a guide for dealing with a world that is often ill-suited to AS thinking. The rest of us find threads of commonality that indicate, again and again, that there is more that unites, than divides us all."

—Veronica Zysk, Author & Managing Editor, Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine

"For years, Michael John Carley has supported his colleagues on the spectrum through GRASP. With this excellent book, Michael John will now be able to provide much needed support to thousands more. This highly informative book provides tremendous insight on a broad range of topics for those both on the spectrum and for those supporting individuals on the spectrum. This is something that should be read by all. "

--Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., Director, Indiana Resource Center for Autism

"Asperger's from the Inside-Out is refreshing, concise, systematic and to the point.  It spans the history of ASD diagnosis, the identity crises involved in diagnosis . . . It explores positive versus negative takes on ASD and their consequences, the resonating impact of a diagnosis on other family members but, more so, gives spiritual guidance about more or less healthy ways of managing all these things and the consequences that choices have for each individual.  Beautifully alive with quotes from a broad range of voices with ASD, this is a helpful addition to the world of autism-related literature."

--Donna Williams, author of Nobody Nowhere and The Jumbled Jigsaw

"Michael has written a wonderful book that will serve as an invaluable resource to us all. This must-read provides a perspective that is essential."

—Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D. University of Kansas

"This book fills a special niche for individuals on the spectrum and others as well. It addresses many topics important to those on the spectrum and in a way that helps with the struggle of what such a diagnosis means. This book is a fantastic resource for recently diagnosed adolescents and adults, as well as for family members and professionals."

--Lynda Geller, Ph.D., Clinical Director, Asperger Institute, New York University Child Study Center

"Well-written, positive, yet never preachy, this practical book realistically describes what if feels like to be an adult with AS. It is highly recommended not only to adults on the spectrum and their family members, but to anyone who works with people on the spectrum. Neurotypical or Aspie, there is much to learn in these pages."

--Chantal Sicile-Kira, author of Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum and Autism Spectrum Disorders



Books in Preparation

The Book of Happy, Positive, and Confident Sex for Adults on the Autism Spectrum...and Beyond! (in transition)

The Last Memoir of Asperger’s Syndrome (Finished-Time to go shopping!)