I live-tweeted my reading of John Donvan's and Caren Zucker's "The Story of Autism" book In A Different Key when it was first published in early 2016. As the Storify platform my live-tweet compilation was originally published at has since gone under, I am republishing it here.
Verdict: Though well-intended and containing some interesting points, In a Different Key lacks empathy for autistic people themselves—even justifying parents murdering their autistic children. It also contains sloppy factual errors. Details in tweets/RTs below.
For other perspectives on the book, see relevant writings and reviews, also from 2016:
- M. Kelter: In A Different Key: One (Deeply Flawed) Story of Autism
- Francesca Happé: Autistic Expression
- Emily Willingham: ‘In a Different Key,’ by John Donvan and Caren Zucker
- Amanda Vivian: The Softer Side of Searing
- Saskia Baron: In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker – review
- Ari Ne'eman: The errors — and revelations — in two major new books about autism
Note that in the interim, additional information has emerged about the details of Hans Asperger's work with the Nazi regime, and also also the regarding how researcher Herman Czech specifically kept this information away from NeuroTribes author Steve Silberman despite repeated requests, yet shared it with Donvan and Zucker during the two books' parallel writing period. For details, see Silberman's "conversation across neurologies" with Max Sparrow, on "how competition for priority can distort the process of excavating history."
Live-Tweets (From 140-character-era Twitter)
|[image: Photo from the page of In A Different Key in which|
Dougie Gibson's murder is called a "mercy killing."]
#Autistic people & families deserve support, often get none. A *separate* conversation frm murder. http://www.thinkingautismguide.com/2015/10/when-parents-murder-disabled-children.html … #InADifferentKey
Speaking of bad journalism: #InADifferentKey fails to point out that vaccines contained ethyl-, not methylmercury: http://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center/vaccine-ingredients/thimerosal#.Vq59MPFEi2U …
Inexcusably bad journalism: #InADifferentKey implies MMR vaccine contained Thimerosal/mercury, when it *never* did: http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/VaccineSafety/UCM096228#t1 …
The Cedillos could have been compensated for #vaccine—not #autism—injury, per @sethmnookin: http://www.thinkingautismguide.com/2012/01/interview-seth-mnookin-on-championing.html … cc: #InADifferentKey