Autism Reading

In today’s reading, it stated that decades ago, doctors have struggled with patients who are intellectually disabled. Back then, most called them “idiots”– because they did not know any better– and did not seem to think there was hope with these types of patients. There were no special schools or educational programs to help them prosper. Many of these patients were mentally challenged in some areas, but were extremely knowledgable (more than the average human) in other areas, which bewildered many physicians. For example, one patient was unable to speak properly in social situations, but was phenomenal with numbers and mathematical equations. Today, this is called “autism.” With the help of the main doctor mentioned, Howe, he was able to provide for these patients and build educational spaces for them to succeed in their lifetime.

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