Saturday, May 14, 2011
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
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Monday, May 9, 2011
We talk a lot about the steadily increasing rates of autism diagnosis in the US, but we don't hear too much about the rest of the world. In this study, funded in part by Autism Speaks, researchers found a 2.6% incidence of autism in the Korean population.
I think autism is under-reported here in the US, but even I was surprised by the findings of this research.
Here is the official press release:
Posted by John Elder Robison at 8:33 AM
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Health Central is one of the most popular sites on the web, and it's run by my friend Jeremy Shane, who has a family member on the spectrum. A few weeks ago he came to see my talk at Ivymount School, and we did a series of interviews. Today they are featured in a new autism section that I invite you to check out here, on Health Central
I also stopped in at Google on that same speaking tour. I visited their Mountainview headquarters, outside of San Francisco, where I talked about life as a geek and fitting in. They've added that to their Authors At Google series, and you can watch it here
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Earlier this week I had the privilege of speaking to the folks at the Brooklyn Women's League. The League operates group homes for folks with disabilities in the Hasidic Jewish part of Brooklyn.
My hosts put me up for the night at the Avenue Plaza hotel, a kosher establishment on the corner of 13th Avenue and 47th Street.
I went to bed early, and since it was a warm night, I left my fourth-floor windows open. Why not? I'd been assured that I was in a safe area, and I'd seen the Hebrew "neighborhood watch" signs on every business. The only folks on the street were Hasidim. They are distinctive in their black coats and hats and white shirts, and I'd always known them as peaceful. I'd never known them to attack or raise a ruckus.
They are a serious, conservative, quiet bunch. Knowing that, I went to bed expecting a calm night in the suburbs. But it wasn't meant to be . . . I was awakened at 11:30 by shouting and sirens. Looking out, I saw the intersection blocked with police cars and a mob of people. I grabbed a camera and flashlight, and headed out the door . . .
Posted by John Elder Robison at 11:03 PM