Neurotribes By Steve Silberman

Neurotribes By Steve Silberman

I just finished re-reading Steve Silberman’s Neurotribes for the third time! One of my big takeaway ideas is the idea that some of the best advocates for people on the autism spectrum are people on the autism spectrum. One of our goals in the future will be to create more work written/illustrated by advocates with autism and we want more adult volunteers with autism at our shows. We would love to have more of that.

This book is also fascinating for a variety of reasons. It documents all the known history of autism, including a section on the invention of science fiction literature and the creation of the H.A.M. radio. I love one section in the book where it talks about how Lorna Wing suggested a controversial idea that Asperger’s tends to blend in with “typically” developing people with eccentricity. I sometimes wonder if I personally fall into that category. Maybe that is one reason I get along so well with people with Asperger’s/Autism and I struggle with socializing with other people. Or maybe socialization is just hard. It might be more of the latter.