Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay (b. 1989, India) was diagnosed in early childhood with severe or low functioning non-verbal autism. He provides unique insights into the nature of his autism, and perhaps autism in general, according to Autism Speaks, the former Cure Autism Now, scientists who studied his case, such as distinguished neuroscientist Dr. Michael Merzenich, and doctors, journalists, and authors at many major media companies such as ABC, CBS, National Geographic, New York Times, Scientific American, PBS, and CNN.
Tito communicates through writing, and learned to develop his reading, writing, and thinking abilities through the educational method of his mother Soma. Cure Autism Now (now merged with Autism Speaks) sponsored Tito and his mother Soma to travel to the United States so he could participate in scientific investigations, and so she could teach them her method, called the Rapid Prompting Method. Tito is an accomplished writer whose first book is Beyond the Silence: My Life, The World and Autism (2000), a collection of prose, poetry and philosophical texts. In the book, he reflects on how his autism affects his view of the world.
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