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The history of autism and its future. We spoke with Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, a NYT bestseller, about the history of autism and its future

A transcript is available online

In 2015, Silberman’s book NeuroTribes: The legacy of autism and the future of neurodiversity was published and soon took a place on The New York Times bestseller list. And in Britain, it was awarded the Samuel Johnson prize for best nonfiction writing in English.

The work was groundbreaking: exploring both the legacy of autism, but also the future of neurodiversity. It brought clarity where there had often been confusion and it began to explore new avenues and answer questions that have lead to even more fascinating questions.

Steve Silberman is Seán's guest on today's program.


With this podcast episode, we’re inaugurating a project to collect oral histories of autism — stories from autistic people and people who work alongside them, or care for them, or love them.

Let us know if you’re interested in being part of that project and would like to tell us your story.

Steve Silverman's website includes an extensive list of resources for parents, clinicians, and autistic people (many written by autistic people.)

NeuroTribes: The legacy of autism and the future of neurodiversity by Steve Silberman

The forgotten history of autism (TED)

The Institute for the Study of the Neurologically Typical (ISNT)

Autistic Self-Advocacy Network

Asperger/Autism Network

Don't Mourn for Us by Jim Sinclair (Our Voice, 1993)

An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks (The New Yorker, Dec 27, 1993)