Unstrange Minds

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Unstrange Minds
Author Roy Richard Grinker
Language English
Subject Autism
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Basic Books
Publication date
January 29, 2008
Media type Paperback
Pages 352
ISBN 0-465-02764-4

Unstrange Minds is a nonfiction book by anthropologist Roy Richard Grinker about the rise in autism diagnoses throughout the world over the last twenty years. It provides a cultural history of autism and describes the experiences of parents of children with autism in the United States, South Korea, India, and South Africa. Along with this, Grinker includes his own personal experiences with his autistic daughter, Isabel. Grinker argues that there is no autism epidemic but that the higher prevalence rates are a sign of progress in treating and educating children with developmental disorders and disabilities.[citation needed]

The newer, higher, more accurate statistics on autism are a sign that we are finally seeing and appreciating a kind of human difference that we once turned away from and that many other cultures still hide away in homes or institutions or denigrate as bizarre (p.5).[citation needed]

The title comes from an untitled poem by E.E. Cummings in which he criticized his society's need for conformity.[citation needed]

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