Books and Resources


Staff Recommendations

Kristina Johnsen, M.A., Executive Director


No Greatness Without Goodness by Randy Lewis
“This is a great story that follows Randy’s journey as a father of a son with autism and as Sr. VP of Logistics at Walgreens. Randy created the Walgreens Model that is referred to as the gold standard of disability hiring. Randy is an inspiration and dear friend of Have Dreams.”

Walker Finds a Way by Robert Hughes
“This is Robert’s second book (Running with Walker is also a great read). This is an honest memoir about the challenges of life with an adult son with autism, the limited resources available to this vulnerable group and the power of relentless, unconditional love.”

Recommendations or Advice for Parents:

“Not a specific recommendation, but a general thought: Use visuals and schedules; write things down; look for therapists that use visual supports!”

Bobbi Frazes Goldman, Director of Development


The Way I See It A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger’s by Temple Grandin, Ph.D

“This b​ook offers Temple Grandin’s invaluable perspective on Autism and Asperger’s through her own lens and experiences, offering very practical information for parents and professionals alike. The chapters provide easy reference around different topics, including:  Teaching and Education, Social Functioning, and Adult Issues and Employment.   There is a lot of practical information provided in an easy-to-read format.”

The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum by Jane Thierfeld Brown, EdD, Lorraine E. Wolf, PhD, Lisa King, MEd, and G. Ruth Kukiela Bork, MEd

“This is a practical handbook for parents who have sons our daughters with autism considering college. Checklists such as an Admission Interview Checklist, sample timelines and planning sheets make this an indispensable college planning resource for parents and individuals with autism contemplating post-secondary education.”

Social Media Links:

“The Have Dreams Facebook page!”

Recommendations or Advice for Parents:

“As a parent, I would recommend speaking directly to other parents of children, teens and adults with autism about venues, retailers and restaurants that they have personally visited and have had welcoming and supportive experiences during their visits.”

Dana Fenceroy, M.M.N.A., Outreach Director


Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm

“A bestseller gets even better! Every parent, teacher, social worker, therapist, and physician should have this succinct and informative book in their back pocket. Framed with both humor and compassion, the book describes ten characteristics that help illuminate—not define—children with autism.”

Task Galore Books (for both parents and professionals):

The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed by Temple Grandin, Ph.D

Social Media Links

“I do not have a specific one, but I loving the growing Have Dreams professional page and Have Dreams parent group page (both are on Facebook). I mainly keep up with websites pages to keep informed and updated, such as Rush University’s website: and the Autism Speaks website:

Recommendations or Advice for Parents:

“For younger children, I recommend the Kohl’s Children Museum in Glenview. It has free admission/ASD friendly times on some Sundays. For younger participants through adulthood, I recommend Sky High in Niles. They also have specific weekly time blocks for individuals with disabilities.”


Helpful Autism Links