Were Mr. Darcy and Boo Radley Anti-Social Misfits—or Autistic?

How Fiction Can Reframe a Misunderstood Mental Condition

Is autism cool?

It is in literature, as novels featuring characters on the autism spectrum have become so frequent that they’ve spawned a new genre: “autism lit,” or “aut lit.”

Many of the works put a positive spin on autism. These autistic characters have abilities as well as disabilities; they exist not only as mirrors or catalysts to help others solve their problems, but as active agents with inner lives.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, first published in 2003, did more than any other book to give life to …

Tech Workers with Autism Try to Reboot

The Promise—and Difficulty—of Job-Hunting in Silicon Valley When Your Brain Is Wired Differently

How big is the gap between all the rhetoric about the value of employing people with autism and other brain-wiring differences and the realities of the job market?

You …

Mesa Public Schools’ Jan Cawthorne

An Educator Surprised to Be Continuing Her Own Education

Jan Cawthorne is executive director of special education in Mesa Public Schools, Arizona’s largest unified school district. Before participating in a panel on autism education, she explained why she studied …

My Kid Has Autism. Now What?

We’ve Come A Long Way in Educating Kids With Autism, But That Doesn’t Mean It’s Easy

Autism education has come a long way in the past few decades, but diagnosing children with autism, figuring out how best to teach them, and raising awareness among students, parents, …

Can Cotton Balls Help Teach Kids With Autism?

New Tools and Strategies for Educating Children Who Face a Daunting Array of Challenges

There’s a saying among families who have kids on the autism spectrum: If you’ve met one kid with autism, you’ve met one kid with autism. Those on the spectrum have …