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Neurotribes : the legacy of autism and the future of neurodiversity / Steve Silberman.

  • Silberman, Steve
Date
[2015]
  • Books

About this work

Description

"A groundbreaking book that upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently. What is autism: a devastating developmental disorder, 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. 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 days of 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 mapping out a path for our society toward a more humane world in which people with learning differences and those who love them have access to the resources they need to live happier, healthier, more secure, and more meaningful lives. Along the way, he reveals the untold story of Hans Asperger, the father of Asperger's syndrome, whose "little professors" were targeted by the darkest social-engineering experiment in human history; exposes the covert campaign by child psychiatrist Leo Kanner to suppress knowledge of the autism spectrum for fifty years; and casts light on the growing movement of "neurodiversity" activists seeking respect, support, technological innovation, accommodations in the workplace and in education, and the right to self-determination for those with cognitive differences"--

"A groundbreaking book that upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently"--

Publication/Creation

New York : Avery, a member of Penguin Group USA, [2015]

Physical description

534 pages ; 24 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 481-515) and index.

Contents

Introduction: Beyond the geek syndrome -- The wizard of Clapham Common -- The boy who loves green straws -- What Sister Viktorine knew -- Fascinating peculiarities -- The invention of toxic parenting -- Princes of the air -- Fighting the monster -- Nature's smudged lines -- The Rain Man effect -- Pandora's box -- In autistic space -- Building the Enterprise: Designs for a neurodiverse world -- Epilogue: The mayor of Kensington.

Notes

Shortlisted for Wellcome Book Prize 2016.

Languages

  • English


Where to find it

  • LocationStatus
    Medical Collection
    WS350.8.R9 2015S58n
    Open shelves

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ISBN

  • 9781583334676
  • 158333467X