Why are we autistic?
|Looking toward the Salton Sea, Joshua Tree CA (c) J E Robison|
If there are no autistic people in their family tree the behaviors may be new and scary, and if there is no family precedent they may be very hard to accept. In my case, my son's autism was no big deal; it was "just like me." In a family with no autistic history the same behavior could have felt alarming and scary, and the scared parent might well have a negative effect on the child.
John Elder Robison is an autistic adult and advocate for people with neurological differences. He's the author of Look Me in the Eye, Be Different, Raising Cubby, and Switched On. He serves on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Dept of Health and Human Services and many other autism-related boards. He's co-founder of the TCS Auto Program (A school for teens with developmental challenges) and he’s the Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He's also a visiting professor of practice at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and advisor to the Neurodiversity Institute at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.