Steve Silberman for Neurotribes
Steve Silberman, an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in Wired, the New Yorker, the MIT Technology Review, Nature, Salon, Shambhala Sun, and many other publications, is being honored for his book, Neurotribes. This groundbreaking book challenges the way people think about autism. Delving into societal perception of what autism is and disproving myths, this book is engaging and meaningful to a wide audience. Most importantly, with Neurotribes, Silberman paints a picture of an autism community that is self-empowered and accepted.
Too often we brush over the dark history of what individuals with I/DD, including those with autism, have been exposed to; but that history is a key part of the story. While history does not define those with autism, it is important for the public to understand the past so they can better grasp why an inclusive future is so important. Brilliantly and passionately written, the book has gained international attention and has helped to educate many who knew little about autism or, worse yet, only had negative perceptions about it.
With autism prevalence on the rise and many questions being raised, this book is a timely and important tool in providing the public with a broader understanding of autism.