Steve Silberman TED talk: The forgotten history of autism

13:48 minutes · Filmed Mar 2015 · Posted Jun 2015 · TED2015

One in every 68 people is on the autism spectrum — a condition that, even just a few decades ago, was rarely diagnosed. To understand the history of autism, says writer Steve Silberman, we have to go back even further, to an Austrian doctor by the name of Hans Asperger, who published a pioneering paper in 1944 on the “little professors” he was working with. Asperger’s paper was buried by war and time — and much crueler theories of autism prevailed. Follow Silberman’s journey as he uncovers the lost history of autism. (This talk was part of a TED2015 session curated by Pop-Up Magazine; @popupmag.)

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4 thoughts on “Steve Silberman TED talk: The forgotten history of autism

  1. Oh, I found the vid. I don’t want to be on facebook for ever, it’s like the Readers’ Digest! Your post suggested there was a transcript available. Thanks anyway.

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