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Brianna Pezon

Brianna Pezon

St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Brianna Pezon is a 31 year old woman who is currently one year away from obtaining her second Masters degree, focusing on Organizational Leadership, after finishing her Masters in Social Work back in 2016. She received her Bachelor’s degree as one of the top students in her cohort, and received her high school diploma like any other young adult, but she knew she was different. Ever since she could remember, making friends was difficult, she did not understand social situations, and faced horrendous bullying and harassment that did not end until half way through her bachelor program. Brianna always knew she was not “normal” like the rest of her peers, and it took 16 years for someone to let her know why. Brianna has Asperger’s disorder. After this life-changing moment, she was finally able to begin the journey of identifying herself in a world that was foreign. This journey of acceptance, hope, self-awareness, self-love, and acceptance of others has taught her more about the world outside of herself then she could have ever known when she took that first step. She continues on this journey after many years of hard work but has inspired many others along the way by sharing her story.

She has presented her story to many through events such as PEACE talks and TEDxUWRiverFalls. Through these events she was able to begin her new journey of sharing her story and celebrate the stories of those on the Autism Spectrum to allow them to have their own voice. She also strives to provide education to those who have not been able to understand the pain, joy, suffering, and hope that comes with having a very different view on this incomprehensible world.

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Autism Is Not My Name

This book shares stories of those with Autism to highlight the beauty in our differences instead of the inferiority of a lifelong disability

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This book is for anyone looking to see life through another person's eyes. It is an opportunity to strap on the shoes of someone who is on the Autism Spectrum, and begin to understand how those on the spectrum view the world. Mainly this book is for those going through their school age years and are looking for self-acceptance, and for the adults who are looking to understand more of their child’s perspective. You will benefit from this book by reading these stories of adversity realizing that if the writers can get through their dark times, you will too. 


Autism Is Not My Name is a collection of non-fiction stories told through the many eyes of those on the Autism Spectrum. Each story offers the unique perspective of a person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and while each story could be read separately, collectively they bring to light the beauty found within challenging circumstances including bullying, relationships, depression, and more. The first section of the book provides education to readers who may not know what an Autism Spectrum Disorder is or how it impacts that individual. This provides more opportunity for the readers to have an insightful experience through having a base of knowledge about how those on the spectrum function differently from others.


 Sometimes it hard to find compassion for someone who is screaming for no apparent reason, flapping their hands, rocking their bodies, or making you uncomfortable with their awkward approach, but these are the uncontrollable and uncomfortable behaviors that are encountered on a daily basis while living on the spectrum. Communication is a constant battle, so sometimes a scream is the only way to let your needs be known. Flapping or rocking our bodies provides comfort and stability when the world feels too overwhelming to cope. Our awkwardness in social situations comes from a misunderstanding of social cues and an unfathomable desire of wanting to fit in and be accepted. The stories within this book highlight the inner struggles of trying to fit into a world we do not understand, and presents them in a fashion that will inspire you to develop a deeper understanding and insight into their worlds while providing education in why these behaviors come from deep within our very beings.

Caretakers, parents, friends, paraprofessionals, and society at times try to describe our stories for us, but one of the many values of this book is the fact that the stories are coming from the particular eyes of those on the spectrum.  Society has heard the stories of a parent scripting out the lives of their children with autism as if they know how the constant misunderstanding, over-stimulation, and uncontrollable actions feel to them, but these stories are inauthentic. When these stories come from the parent’s voice, they can only speak to what they can see. They do not understand the complexity of their child’s world due to not being in the world with them, and consequently intertwine their pain with their child’s. Each  story in this book holds a life in their lines, pain in their pages, and hope in their titles. Everyone spends years of their lives being defined by what other people think is “normal,” but I believe that normal is an elastic conundrum defined by each individual in their own circumstances. Individuality in the spectrum is as diverse as the colors in a sky during a sunset. The Autism Spectrum can give a person a cloak of invisibility by being on the mild end of the spectrum where most of their inner struggles are not showcased to the rest of the world. Contrarily, the severe end of the spectrum traps its counterparts in a non-verbal world that they could not share with others even when they try. This book focuses on highlighting the beauty in our differences instead of the inferiority of a lifelong disability. 

I am writing this book because of the impact I feel it would bring to those who read it. After sharing my story to many, I have seen the impact it can have as shown by tears, laughter, applause, or hugs, all coming from strangers who just needed a little inspiration to view the world in a different way. Since I first spoke up about my differences in a public view during my sophomore year of my undergraduate social work program, I have had a dream of writing a book to share my story. Sharing stories is a small task compared to the potential life-long effects it can have on a person’s life. Stories bring inspiration, and this book gives me the opportunity to not only share my story but to share the stories of others who may be left in the dark without this opportunity.

When you take a look in the mirror, who do you see? Are you a professional business man who is getting ready to go to work with the kids crawling upon you asking you to stay home for just one day? Are you the overtired mother who feels that everything is falling apart around you? Are you the student who is struggling to pass midterm examinations or are you a regular person who is looking to add some light into their lives? No matter how you see yourself in the mirror, you will be able to find the light and inspiration you desire from hearing the stories of hope, adversity, inspiration, challenge, and light.


The funds gained from this campaign will be targeted towards obtaining stories from many different people on the Autism Spectrum, thus supplying the heart of this book. It will provide flexibility in how many different people’s shoes I will be able to put you in, and provide the individualized diversity the spectrum represents. To make sure the book matches up to the beautiful stories within it, the funds will also be used for professional editing, design, and printing of the book.  


My favorite part of this book is its creation, but that is a time consuming task. Unfortunately, graduate school makes time a scarce resource. I will be graduating in less than six months, and then be spending a majority of my time within others shoes gathering the stories that will inspire you and provide you with as much inner light as the sun! With these known factors, I am planning to have the book complete and ready for distribution by November 2017



Part 1: Everyday Lives

Imagine walking through a world which you do not understand, but you get up anyway and function the best you can. Even though a day in the life of being on the Autism Spectrum can be full of adversity and challenges, there is  simple beauty and triumphant victories that come from each day.

Part 2: School Life

For those on the spectrum, school can be classified as one of the most difficult aspects of their lives. Not only are they trying to learn new educational concepts, but also understanding the social activities of others, dealing with teachers who may not know how to help them, and trying to figure out who they are as a human being. 

Part 3: Bullying

Imagine yourself attempting to handle all the stress that a person undergoes during school,  and add cruel, inhumane, and sometimes violent bullying to the puzzle. It is hard to attempt to understand the world around you, but the world only becomes more confusing when you are being teased for reasons you may never understand.

Part 4: Friendships

 Sometimes all someone on the spectrum wants is a person who will sit with them at their empty lunchroom table, a person to tell their interests and stories, or maybe someone to give them a smile as they pass in the hallway. With the social awkwardness that comes with an Autism Spectrum diagnosis, friendships can be difficult to find, and sometimes even harder to maintain.

Part 5: Discrimination

Bullying does not have a distinct end when a person leaves the hallways of their high school. Sometimes as people on the spectrum get older, the bullying they once faced becomes more brutal and turns into discrimination. 

Part 6: Romantic Relationships

Although people on the Autism Spectrum are beautiful within and outside of their diagnoses, sometimes it is difficult to share that beauty with others in an intimate setting. Relationships are hard for everyone, but imagine being in a world where interpretation of feeling is more difficult than asking someone out for a first date.

Part 7: Independence

Even though it sometimes seems that everything lies against those on the spectrum when addressing an independent life, the hope and light within them can lead the way. Additionally, if the focus is on their Ability instead of their Disability, Dependence turns into Independence.

Part 8: Identity

How does someone with a beautiful light inside them show that light to others if it is being shadowed by being told that they are "different"? The journey to self-discovery of identity can be a life-long and scary road, but those on the spectrum are not afraid to take these steps.

Part 9: Depression

For anyone living with difficult circumstances, it can be an insurmountable task to keep your emotional head above water while fighting the weight of the situation. Sometimes those anchors win and bring you to the ocean bottom, but it is possible to cut the ropes, swim towards the shore, and breathe once again.

Part 10: Looking Towards the Future

Although this book shows the stormy clouds of challenge and pain faced by those on the Autism Spectrum, it is also very important to view the rainbow in the distance that shows a path towards a future full of triumph, energy, beauty and light.

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  • Angela Thieringer
    on April 4, 2016, 2:27 p.m.

    Looks like an interesting and eye opening read. She is a local gal. Pre-orders of her book will help her to get it published!

  • Katie Castro
    on April 4, 2016, 3:13 p.m.

    I just pre-ordered my signed copy - order yours today to support this amazing young woman!

  • Janice Hlavac
    on April 4, 2016, 6:28 p.m.

    congratulations Brianna!! I loved hearing you speak about your story and I have no doubt I will enjoy your book just as much! Jan Hlavac

  • Amy Amsler
    on April 4, 2016, 6:47 p.m.

    Can't wait for this book release! An insightful, informative, and heart-hooking page turner that supports awareness and advocacy, no doubt!

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    on April 4, 2016, 9:21 p.m.

    Check out my friend's new book! An inspiring storing about those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

  • Oana Zayic
    on April 5, 2016, 1:51 a.m.

    Brianna, I look forward to reading your book!! We, as a family are new to the ASD as our son was diagnosed at the end of December. Thank you for writing it! Oana

  • Lisa Barnett
    on April 6, 2016, 1:31 a.m.

    So excited for you! Amazing work and so inspiring just like you are!

  • Cathy Hetrick
    on April 12, 2016, 12:54 p.m.

    Best of luck - I can't wait to read your book! Thank you for sharing your story. My son is only 6 and he's pretty high functioning, so he'll soon mature to appreciate others' stories.

  • Sue Ellen Toppings
    on April 27, 2016, 7:38 p.m.

    Super excited to have these books - we're going to create a Personal Enrichment Course for MN Women of Today chapters to help us all learn and become even better people!