The Real Autism Tsunami

Editor’s Note: Trigger alert. This article contains profanity and historical references that readers may find disturbing. My heart is heavy today. Suddenly I understand something in a new way and this clarity only makes me sad. I now know where they’ve been. I now believe beyond a doubt that the entire autism spectrum of people […]

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Book Review: “NeuroTribes” – I loved this but…

Steve Silberman’s “NeuroTribes: the legacy of autism and how to think smarter about people who think differently” is a book that needs no introduction.  This monumental much anticipated history of autism has hit the best seller lists running and small wonder – it’s got it all – or nearly. I’ll come back to that later. […]

Author Steve Silberman pushes for change in how people see autism

San Francisco — U.S. Journalist and Author Steve Silberman wants to change how the world sees people with autism. Silberman, whose book ‘Neurotribes’ made it to the Samuel Johnson Prize 2015 longlist, wants everyone to stop seeing autism spectrum disorder merely as a disability. ‘Neurotribes’ was first intended to be a book about the autism […]

‘Autism epidemic’ in Silicon Valley: Looking back

San Francisco — It was 15 years ago when Wired journalist Steve Silberman wrote about a supposed ‘autism epidemic’ in Silicon Valley. What drove Silberman to write about the supposed epidemic was an encounter with a total stranger in a local cafe— who overheard him talk to his friend about a couple he knew whose […]

Podcast: The forgotten history of autism: NeuroTribes with Steve Silberman

Steve Silberman has covered science and cultural affairs for WIRED and other national magazines for more than twenty years. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker,TIME, Nature, and Salon. He lives in San Francisco. Steve became interested in autism after meeting a few people in Silicon Valley who had children on the autism spectrum. […]

Autism Speaks needs to do a lot more listening

Steve Silberman is the author of “NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.” He wrote this for the Los Angeles Times.