Tito Mukhopadhyay

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Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay (born 1989 in 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.[1][2][3][4]

Tito communicates through writing, and learned to develop his reading, writing, and thinking abilities through the educational method of his mother Soma.[2][3][4] 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.[1][4][5][6] Tito is an accomplished writer[7] whose first book is Beyond the Silence: My Life, The World and Autism (2000),[8] a collection of prose, poetry and philosophical texts. In the book, he reflects on how his autism affects his view of the world.[9][10][11]


  1. ^ a b "How Does The Autistic Brain Work: An autistic teen helps brain researchers take on the mysteries of mind". PBS. 2003-04-06. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Breaking The Silence, One Woman's Drive To Teach Her Autistic Son - CBS News". CBS News. 2003-01-14. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  3. ^ a b "Autism Speaks, Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay". Autism Speaks. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  4. ^ a b c "Autism Speaks, Get Involved, In the News". Autism Speaks. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  5. ^ "Autism Speaks, Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay". Autism Speaks. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  6. ^ "How Does The Autistic Brain Work, Rapid Prompting Method". PBS. 2003-04-06. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  7. ^ "Closer To The Truth, How Does The Autistic Brain Work?, Tito Mukhopadhyay". PBS. 2003-04-06. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  8. ^ "The National Autistic Society - Beyond the silence: My Life, The World and Autism". The National Autistic Society. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  9. ^ Sandra Blakeslee (November 19, 2002). "A Boy, a Mother And a Rare Map Of Autism's World - New York Times". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  10. ^ "Autism Today". Autism Today. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  11. ^ "Through Different Eyes: How People with Autism Experience the World". Serendip.brynmawr.edu. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 

External links[edit]

  • HALO - Helping Autism through Learning and Outreach
  • ABC News - 'Boy Sheds Light on Autism Mysteries'
  • CBS News - 'Breaking The Silence', (July 16, 2003)
  • New York Times - 'A Boy, a Mother and a Rare Map of Autism’s World' (November 19, 2002)
  • National Geographic - 'Beyond the Brain: Mind Tree Poems' (March 2005)
  • Scientific American - 'A Transparent Enigma' (June, 2004)
  • PBS 'Closer to Truth: How Does the Autistic Brain Work' (2002)
  • CNN 'Autistic poet gives rare glimpse into mystery illness' (March, 2008)