I was lucky enough to be gifted this book recently, and while it is, at times, heavy to go through, it is well worth reading, for anyone who has even a passing curiosity in Autism.
Autism is a both a lifelong disability, and a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? Neurotribes by Steve Silberman has been written from a refreshing perspective. An American journalist, Silberman came to the subject from an unusual perspective, he specialises in writing about technology for the New Yorker. It was only after interviewing several Silicon Valley innovators and discovering that they had autistic children was his curiosity piqued. He proposed that Silicon Valley was a hot spot for autism diagnoses because programmers and engineers carried a genetic predisposition for the disorder.
Neurotribes by Steve Silberman explores in fascinating, near-encyclopedic depth how autism has evolved, and considers the idea that neurological differences such as autism, dyslexia, and ADHD are not errors of nature or products of the toxic modern world, but the result of natural variations in the human genome. This groundbreaking book will reshape our understanding of the history, meaning, function, and implications of neurodiversity in our world.