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Autism Chapter V

Some people with autism are merely socially eccentric; others are grossly disabled. The incidence of autism is on the upswing, and no one really knows why, though new genetic work promises some answers. The condition can cause great suffering to those affected and to their families.

Symptoms may include violence, wordlessness, inappropriate interpersonal behavior, and manifestations of anxiety and despair. Yet some people, under the banner of neurodiversity, have claimed autism as an identity, arguing that it is simply another way of relating—one that is valid and even precious. Some people with autism have made significant contributions to the larger society, and stigmatizing them is both shortsighted and dangerous.

"Cece is the Zen lesson. Why does Cece have autism? Because Cece has autism. And what is it like to be Cece? Being Cece. Because no one else is,…

A psychiatrist I met described a patient who was a math genius, IQ 140, fully verbal, but socially disabled. When the pretty woman at the counter at McDonald's…

"I stay up almost all night and do things I can do alone in the dark, where I don't have to see people going about normal activities that I can't…

"My husband will sometimes say, 'Would you marry me again?' I say, 'Yeah, but not with the kids.' Had we known what we know now, we wouldn't have…

"I work on this school my son doesn't go to, and I sponsor research that probably won't help him, and I have a think tank to design institutions…

"There is probably an interplay between personality and the deficit.You and I could have similar deficiencies, but we would make different choices.…

"I see a big split in my son between his disorder and his personality. He's mostly not doing what he wants to do and acting as he wants to act. Many…

"Genius is an abnormality, too." —Temple Grandin.

"I'd like nothing more than for my daughter to develop the kind of consciousness that would allow her to join the neurodiversity movement. If Anna…

"The word incurable is quite devastating-sounding, but you can also look at it as being that autism is durable. Looking at this jewel through different…

Jae Davis would say, "Here's two hundred dollars. You're going to come into the next room, where we've hidden something. And you'll try and guess…

More than half of children murdered in the United States are killed by their own parents, and about half of those parents claim to have acted altruistically.…

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