What is autism: a devastating developmental condition, a lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius?
In truth it is all of these things and more - and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. Following on from his groundbreaking article 'The Geek Syndrome', Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years.
Going back to the earliest autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, Silberman provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle while casting light on the growing movement of 'neurodiversity' and mapping out a path towards a more humane world for people with learning differences.
©2016 Steve Silberman (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
"the end is worth the slog"
Its a long book through the history of autism research. It concludes on the empowered note I was hoping for.
"informative and well written"
this is a good piece of well researched journalism. Steve is sympathetic and optimistic and has a way of structuring his points which its difficult to argue with( though not impossible)
this is a detailed history of Autism, dispelling the epidemic theory, and advocating acceptance and a celebration of diversity
really well read,
it definitely has it's moments
"I have my answers at last"
I consider this book so important that I've just bought several copies to give to other parents of children with autism. This is a "must" read!
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