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‘As We See It’ and the Changing Discussion About Autism

‘As We See It’ and the Changing Discussion About Autism

A few days ago, Amazon released , a new series about three roommates on the autism spectrum who struggle with employment, relationships, and other life issues. As an autistic man, I was intrigued. There have been many sympathetic depictions of autism in recent art and entertainment, but this one signals what may be an important shift in how autism is understood and discussed.In the 1969 movie, , a nonverbal autistic girl is essentially cured by undergoing a therapy called “rage reduction” that presumed her autism had an emotional rather than neurological etiology. In the '80s, the...

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