“Sarah~bella…Same but unique!” is a biographical short story about 11-year-old Sarah Alexander. Sarah, who has a deep passion for art, is autistic with ADHD. This book is a story of self-discovery and acceptance as she learns who she is and what it means to live as an atypical person in a neurotypical world.
Being a person with Hidden Disabilities can be challenging. Many people do not understand what they cannot see. They think that if someone looks neurotypical then they should "act" and "think" in a neurotypical way.
Sarah's story of self-discovery gives a voice to the lived experience of someone with Hidden Disabilities. From learning about her diagnosis, to understanding who she is as an atypical person and finding her voice, she gives in depth insight beyond the clinical textbook understanding of her diagnoses. Her book explores the human experience behind the disorders.
This book is an inspiration to other atypical children to go on their own journey of self-discovery and, for those who care for them, it is a story of hope and possibilities.
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."