Why Do We Refuse To Give Autistic People A Voice? — Undercover Autie

So. Here we are, talking about To Siri With Love by Judith Newman. Again. I wrote a blog post on December 17th entitled ‘#BoycottToSiri’. I was hoping that after that (I was late to the party) we’d be able to forget about it. It was upsetting and tiring for many people who took against the book for reasons mentioned in ‘#BoycottToSiri’. There are also many in depth blog posts written by other autistic people – just google the hashtag.

Sadly, it turns out that the controversy is not yet over. In the quote up top, by ‘those people’, Rosenthal (a follower of Newman) means ‘autistic people’. As Eve Reiland has transcribed, there has been an online conversation between To Siri author Judith Newman and many of her followers.

If you’re not sure what I’m on about, let me distill the situation so far:

  • To Siri With Love by Judith Newman is published August 2017. It is a book about her life with her twin sons, one of whom is diagnosed as autistic.
  • Many in the autistic community point out problematic and worrying parts of the book (see selected quotes).
  • Judith Newman responds by saying that the book was not intended for an autistic audience. So, according to the author herself, To Siri With Love is a book by a neurotypical for neurotypicals with a neurotypical view of autism.
  • Members of the autistic community, after finding Newman closed to discussion about problematic parts of her book, leave reviews on sites like Amazon, stating their problems with it.
  • Newman asks her followers to ‘report abuse’ on one star reviews.

Read full article here: Why Do We Refuse To Give Autistic People A Voice? — Undercover Autie

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