‘Hopeful’ study of autism wins Samuel Johnson prize 2015

Most importantly, said Applebaum, the judges admired Silberman’s work “because it is powered by a strongly argued set of beliefs: that we should stop drawing sharp lines between what we assume to be ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’, and that we should remember how much the differently-wired human brain has, can and will contribute to our world,” said Applebaum. “He has injected a hopeful note into a conversation that’s normally dominated by despair.”

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