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Author Donvan, John (John Joseph), 1955- author.

Title In a different key : the story of autism / John Donvan, Caren Zucker.

Publication Info. New York : Crown Publishers, [2016]


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Edition First edition.
Description xiv, 670 pages ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 563-642) and index.
Contents Autism's first child (1930s-1960s). Donald ; A menace to society ; Case 1 ; Wild children and holy fools ; Doubly loved and protected ; Some kind of genius -- The blame game (1960s-1980s). The refrigerator mother ; Prisoner 15209 ; Kanner's fault ; Biting her tongue ; Mothers-in-arms ; The agitator ; Home on a Monday afternoon -- The end of institutions (1970s-1990s). "Behind the walls of the world's indifference" ; The right to education ; Getting on the bus ; Seeing the ocean for the first time -- Behavior, analyzed (1950s-1990s). The behaviorist ; "Screams, slaps, and love" ; The aversion to aversives ; The "anti-Bettelheim" ; 47 percent ; Look at me ; From courtroom to classroom -- The questions asked in London (1960s-1990s). The questions asked ; Who counts? ; Words unstrung ; The great twin chase ; Finding their marbles -- Redefining a diagnosis (1970s-1990s). The autism spectrum ; The Austrian ; The signature -- Dreams and boundaries (1980s-1990s). The dream of language ; The child within ; An elusive definition ; Meeting of the minds ; The magic man -- How autism became famous (1980s-1990s). Putting autism on the map ; Society's emergency -- "Epidemic" (1990s-2010). The vaccine scare ; Autism speaks ; A story unravels ; The greatest fraud -- Today. Finding a voice ; Neurodiversity ; A happy man.
Summary "Nearly seventy-five years ago, Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi became the first child diagnosed with autism. Beginning with his family's odyssey, In a Different Key tells the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition, and of the civil rights battles waged by the families of those who have it. Unfolding over decades, it is a beautifully rendered history of ordinary people determined to secure a place in the world for those with autism--by liberating children from dank institutions, campaigning for their right to go to school, challenging expert opinion on what it means to have autism, and persuading society to accept those who are different. It is the story of women like Ruth Sullivan, who rebelled against a medical establishment that blamed cold and rejecting "refrigerator mothers" for causing autism; and of fathers who pushed scientists to dig harder for treatments. Many others played starring roles too: doctors like Leo Kanner, who pioneered our understanding of autism; lawyers like Tom Gilhool, who took the families' battle for education to the courtroom; scientists who sparred over how to treat autism; and those with autism, like Temple Grandin, Alex Plank, and Ari Ne'eman, who explained their inner worlds and championed the philosophy of neurodiversity. This is also a story of fierce controversies--from the question of whether there is truly an autism "epidemic," and whether vaccines played a part in it; to scandals involving "facilitated communication," one of many treatments that have proved to be blind alleys; to stark disagreements about whether scientists should pursue a cure for autism. There are dark turns too: we learn about experimenters feeding LSD to children with autism, or shocking them with electricity to change their behavior; and the authors reveal compelling evidence that Hans Asperger, discoverer of the syndrome named after him, participated in the Nazi program that consigned disabled children to death. By turns intimate and panoramic, In a Different Key takes us on a journey from an era when families were shamed and children were condemned to institutions to one in which a cadre of people with autism push not simply for inclusion, but for a new understanding of autism: as difference rather than disability."--Dust jacket flap.
Subject Autism spectrum disorders.
Autism spectrum disorders -- History.
People with disabilities.
Added Author Zucker, Caren (Caren Brenda) 1961- author.
ISBN 9780307985675 (hardcover)
0307985679 (hardcover)
9780307985682 (electronic book)
9780307985705 (trade paperback)
0307985709 (trade paperback)

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