Autistic Songs

Alan Griswold

 

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The First Step Is the One That Altogether Escapes Notice

It must have seemed an obvious choice—not even much of a choice really—to take autism as the sign of something gone horribly wrong. There was the example of schizophrenia helping to lay the groundwork, and now the unveiling of all these disconnected children, so clearly different and apparently destroyed.

We have been exploring autism’s geography for more than sixty years now and have visited a veritable travel tour’s delight of promised lands: Refrigerator Mother Mountain, Blind Mind Alley, Genome Dome, and the Swamp of a Thousand Toxins. Having journeyed for so long and having charted a course so wide, surely our much scribbled-upon map must now be showing great progress.

Except, of course, that first step was in the wrong direction.


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