People with disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities, are often misunderstood. This is why it is  helpful to know about some of the  literature, videos and movies that address the confusion. Among such is a book published in 2016 by Steve Silberman entitled . . .

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

Here’s how Amazon describes Silberman’s book: This New York Times–bestselling book upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently.

Wikipedia has this about Silberman: His  2015 book, Neurotribes, about autism and neurodiversity was awarded the Samuel Johnson Prize] Silberman’s Wired article “The Geek Syndrome”, which focused on autism in Silicon Valley, has been referenced by many sources and has been described as a culturally significant article for the autism community. By contrast, Silberman’s viewpoints on autism have been criticized by Autism Speaks for downplaying the difficulties faced by low-functioning autistics. Silberman’s Twitter account made Time magazine’s list of the best Twitter feeds for the year 2015.

Silberman’s 2015 book Neurotribes deals with the history and origins of autism from a neurodiversity viewpoint. The book was positively received in both the scientific and the popular press. In The New York Times Book Review, Jennifer Senior wrote that the book was “beautifully told, humanizing, important”; the Boston Globe called it “as emotionally resonant as any [book] this year” and in Science, the cognitive neuroscientist Francesca Happé wrote, “It is a beautifully written and thoughtfully crafted book, a historical tour of autism, richly populated with fascinating and engaging characters, and a rallying call to respect difference.” It was named one of the best books of 2015 by The New York Times The Economist, Financial Times, The Guardian, and many other outlets.Some other reviews were less positive, for example Dr. James C. Harris of Johns Hopkins University criticized Neurotribes as a book that pushes an agenda, saying that Silberman misrepresented Leo Kanner as somebody that had a negative view towards autistics and their parents, rather than, as Harris argued, an advocate for individualized treatment for every child.

Amazon suggests similar books on Autism:

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida  (Author),‎ KA Yoshida (Translator),‎
Someone with autism may not be able to process basic emotions the same way most do or come to the same conclusions through examining an expression or gesture. He or she often has trouble understanding people’s emotions and how to react to them. An autistic person may therefore react in seemingly unusual ways, making it difficult for the average person to understand him or her. Books like those listed above help us all to understand and respond in positive ways.