In a Different Key by John Donvan
The Story of Autism
About the Book: An extraordinary narrative history of autism: the riveting story of parents fighting for their children ’s civil rights; of doctors struggling to define autism; of ingenuity, self-advocacy, and profound social change
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.
My Thoughts: Going into this book I thought it was going to be a bit of a chore to read, I mean it is huge. However that isn’t the case. There is a lot of research into this book, and seeing these made the book even better. Its a great book for anyone dealing with autism (friends, family coworkers ect) in their life to check out.