We talk with Steve Silberman about the impact of the presidential election on disability research, education, and advocacy.
Is autism a natural manifestation of human diversity—or a condition to be cured?
That’s the question at the heart of Steve Silberman’s NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity. Since the book was published last year, it has had a huge impact among disability rights activists, as well those who work with people diagnosed with “neuroatypical” conditions like Asperger’s, autism, ADHD, or dyslexia.
“A book like NeuroTribes is of great value at this moment in history because it brings public attention to the fact that autistic people are speaking and that it’s time for non-autistic society to start listening,” says Nick Walker, a prominent autistic teacher and writer. “One thing I’ve always appreciated about Steve Silberman is that he’s not just saying, ‘Listen to me’—he’s saying ‘Listen to autistic people.’”