When I discussed my autism diagnosis with my parents my mum said that when I was younger anything could be said to me and I wouldn’t react – sort of like water of a ducks back. I can assure you I certainly did understand the hurtful, tormenting, demeaning… comments said to my face or overheard. Many of them I still remember. Judith Newman I can assure you that your son knows and understands.
I borrowed a copy of To Siri With Love from a friend, so I could read it and opine on the controversy without financially supporting an author I’d heard was problematic. However, Amazon is now not allowing reviews by people who don’t have a “verified purchase” through Amazon. I currently live on only a few hundred dollars per month (on most months), but I purchased a copy just so I could leave a review on Amazon. I’m autistic, you see, and I think it is so important that autistic people endeavor to make themselves heard on the issues raised in this book.
Autistic voices are almost always overlooked, silenced, and dismissed. It’s a phenomenon embodied in this book, and in Amazon’s policing of its reviews in this case.
To Siri With Love had a deep impact on me. I was able to identify, not with the supposedly heartwarming and hilarious…
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