The Forgotten History of Autism

Steven Silberman stands at podium for Ted Talk

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Ted Talk: The Forgotten History of Autism

“Decades ago, few pediatricians had heard of autism. In 1975, 1 in 5,000 kids was estimated to have it. Today, 1 in 68 is on the autism spectrum. What caused this steep rise? Steve Silberman points to “a perfect storm of autism awareness” — a pair of doctors with an accepting view, an unexpected pop culture moment and a new clinical test. But to really understand, we have to go back further to an Austrian doctor by the name of Hans Asperger, who published a pioneering paper in 1944. Because it was buried in time, autism has been shrouded in misunderstanding ever since.””

About the Author


Jamie Grace, Director of Autism at Glade Run Lutheran Services.

Jamie Grace has served as the Director of Autism Services at Glade Run Lutheran Services for the past 5 years. She is responsible for developing new autism-specific services and programs across the continuum at Glade Run Lutheran Services.

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