This comic book aims to destroy misconceptions about autism

Published December 21, 2020, 4:47 PM

by Paola Navarette

Written by a mother of a child with autism, Doobiedoo Asks is a wonderful book for all ages

Photo courtesy of Bambi and Roland Amago

Raising an autistic child is hard enough, let alone raising one in a culture in which the stigma surrounding autism still runs high. So this mother created a powerful comic book that can help create empathy in people who may have a narrow view of autism. 

Doobiedoo Asks, written by Bambi Amago with illustrations by her husband Roland Amago, shares a universal tale of unconditional love. 

Photo courtesy of Bambi and Roland Amago

It tells the story of first-time parents trying to figure out how to raise their son, Doobiedoo, while coming to grips with his diagnosis. Throughout the novel, Doobie is confronted with a female teacher who punished him for being “different”. 

With the book, the author hopes to break the stigma that surrounds the autism “label,” and that people will come to view persons with autism as they are: people with different abilities, but still human.

“At 8, my son was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, having what used to be called Asperger’s syndrome,” Amago wrote. “This is the story of the first few years of his life. In telling it, I hope to show that while he is different from you and me, it does not make him any less of a person than anybody else.”