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We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation by Eric Michael Garcia
Mariner Books, 2021
Thank you to Netgalley and Mariner Books for the Advanced Copy! We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation was released in August, 2021.
Trigger Warnings: Ableism, Autism Parenting, Mentions of Autism Speaks and other similar charities looking to “cure” autism.
Autistic person and journalist Eric Garcia brings an insider’s perspective and a reporter’s eye to show that autism is a vital part of his community’s humanity, not a disease that needs to be cured.
When I first saw that this book was available on NetGalley, I immediately requested it. As someone who is also Neurodivergent (and follows a lot of Autistic content creators across several platforms), I have been very interested in the conversation surround Autism and Autistic people.
I am so grateful that I received the ARC, because this book was fantastic. It was educational, informative, and also gave me a lot to think about in regards to my own neurodivergency and internalized ableism.
The big takeaway I got from this book is that their is a lack of resources for Autistic people, and that lack of resources is harming not only Autistic people, but everyone. Autistic people need support just like everyone else, and the lack of that is hurting Autistic people, creating a stigma against Autism, creating stereotypes about Autistic people, and denying society of the gifts and talents that each Autistic person has to give the world.