Send in the Idiots

Send in the Idiots

Stories From the Other Side of Autism

eBook - 2007
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In 1982, at age four, Kamran Nazeer was enrolled in a small school in New York City alongside a dozen other children diagnosed with autism. Calling themselves the Idiots, these kids received care that was at the cutting edge of developmental psychology. Kamran visits four of his old classmates to find out the kind of lives that they are living now, how much they've been able to overcome--and what remains missing. They reveal a thought-provoking spectrum of behavior: a speechwriter unable to make eye contact; a messenger who gets upset if anyone touches his bicycle; a depressive suicide victim; and a computer engineer who communicates emotions through hand puppets. Using his own experiences to examine such topics as the difficulties of language, conversation as performance, and the politics of civility, this is also a rare and provocative exploration of the way that people learn to think and feel.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Pub. : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2007.
ISBN: 9781408806401
1408806401
9781596919914
1596919914
Characteristics: 1 online resource (172 p.)
Summary: In 1982, at age four, Kamran Nazeer was enrolled in a small school in New York City alongside a dozen other children diagnosed with autism. Calling themselves the Idiots, these kids received care that was at the cutting edge of developmental psychology. Kamran visits four of his old classmates to find out the kind of lives that they are living now, how much they've been able to overcome--and what remains missing. They reveal a thought-provoking spectrum of behavior: a speechwriter unable to make eye contact; a messenger who gets upset if anyone touches his bicycle; a depressive suicide victim; and a computer engineer who communicates emotions through hand puppets. Using his own experiences to examine such topics as the difficulties of language, conversation as performance, and the politics of civility, this is also a rare and provocative exploration of the way that people learn to think and feel.--From publisher description.

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CSchmidt1 Nov 21, 2011

The author is on the Autism spectrum and writes about reuniting with some of the students and teachers that he was in school with twenty years earlier. He traces their challenges and successes and ultimately enlightens the reader on the ways and reasons that people behave and think. I found it very interesting and have been able to apply some of the things I learned in my work as a teacher.

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