Send in the Idiots

Send in the Idiots

Stories From the Other Side of Autism

Book - 2006
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A candid portrait of four autistic men and women who were enrolled alongside a dozen other children in a small New York City school explores the texture of autistic lives and the pressures and limitations that the condition presents.

McMillan Palgrave

A remarkable, elegantly written portrait of four autistic men and women, and what their struggles and triumphs reveal about this baffling condition, and about us all.

In 1982, when he was four years old, Kamran Nazeer was enrolled in a small school in New York City alongside a dozen other children diagnosed with autism. Calling themselves the Idiots, these kids received care that was at the cutting edge of developmental psychology. Twenty-three years later, the school no longer exists.

Send in the Idiots is the always candid, often surprising, and ultimately moving investigation into what happened to those children. Now a policy adviser in England, Kamran decides to visit four of his old classmates to find out the kind of lives that they are living now, how much they've been able to overcome—and what remains missing. A speechwriter unable to make eye contact; a messenger who gets upset if anyone touches his bicycle; a depressive suicide victim; and a computer engineer who communicates difficult emotions through the use of hand puppets: these four classmates reveal an astonishing, thought-provoking spectrum of behavior.

Bringing to life the texture of autistic lives and the pressures and limitations that the condition presents, Kamran also relates the ways in which those can be eased over time, and with the right treatment. Using his own experiences to examine such topics as the difficulties of language, conversation as performance, and the politics of civility, Send in the Idiots is also a rare and provocative exploration of the way that people—all people—learn to think and feel. Written with unmatched insight and striking personal testimony, Kamran Nazeer's account is a stunning, invaluable, and utterly unique contribution to the literature of what makes us human.



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As a young child, Kamran Nazeer attended a small, cutting-edge school for autistic children in New York City. Twenty years later, he decided to get back in touch with four of his former schoolmates. In this narrative, he recounts his personal experience of growing up autistic and relates the triumphs and struggles of his classmates as they emerged into adulthood. He also describes a visit with his former teachers in which they share their perspectives on working with special needs children. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
When he was four years old, Kamran Nazeer was enrolled in a small New York City school alongside a dozen other children diagnosed with autism. Calling themselves "the Idiots," these kids received care that was at the cutting edge of developmental psychology.
Two decades later, Nazeer undertook a mission to try and reconnect with four of his schoolmates. He wanted to understand what it meant to grow up with autism - to see the many obstacles his classmates had cleared, and to understand the ones they couldn't. A speechwriter unable to make eye contact; a messenger who gets upset if anyone touches his bicycle; a musically gifted but depressive pianist; and a computer engineer who communicates difficult emotions through the use of hand puppets - these four classmates reveal an astonishing, thought-provoking spectrum of behavior. Like all of us, each of them has his or her own set of fears and obsessions, hopes and triumphs. Send in the Idiots is the candid, surprising, and ultimately moving tale of their lives.
Using his own experiences to examine such topics as the difficulties of language, conversation as performance, and the politics of civility, Nazeer also gives us a rare and provocative exploration of the way that people - all people - learn to think and feel.

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A candid, surprising, and moving portrait of four autistic men and women who were enrolled alongside a dozen other children in a small New York City school, where they received care that was at the cutting edge of psychology at the time, explores the texture of autistic lives and the pressures and limitations that the condition presents. 75,000 first printing.
In 1982, at age four, Kamran Nazeer was enrolled in a small school in New York City alongside a dozen other children diagnosed with autism. Calling themselves the Idiots, these kids received care that was at the cutting edge of developmental psychology. Kamran visits four of his old classmates to find out the kind of lives that they are living now, how much they've been able to overcome--and what remains missing. They reveal a thought-provoking spectrum of behavior: a speechwriter unable to make eye contact; a messenger who gets upset if anyone touches his bicycle; a depressive suicide victim; and a computer engineer who communicates emotions through hand puppets. Using his own experiences to examine such topics as the difficulties of language, conversation as performance, and the politics of civility, this is also a rare and provocative exploration of the way that people learn to think and feel.--From publisher description.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2006
ISBN: 1582346199
9781582346199
Characteristics: p. ; cm

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CSchmidt1 Nov 21, 2011

The author is on the Autism spectrum and writes about reuniting with some of the students and teachers that he was in school with twenty years earlier. He traces their challenges and successes and ultimately enlightens the reader on the ways and reasons that people behave and think. I found it very interesting and have been able to apply some of the things I learned in my work as a teacher.

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