With a reporter’s eye and an insider’s perspective, journalist Eric Garcia chronicles the state of autism in America in “We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation.” Part manifesto, part memoir, and part reported essay, “We’re Not Broken” weaves together personal anecdotes, interviews, and the latest scientific research to debunk the most pernicious misconceptions about autism and show that autistic people are everywhere — from dating apps to workplaces to Congress — and deserve to have a say in the policies and structures shaping their lives.
The book illustrates how autistic people wrestle with education, workplace, and healthcare systems that weren’t built for them and dispels harmful myths, including the belief that autism is caused by vaccines and the misconception that autistic people don’t date. Most importantly, he puts into writing what so many autistic people have been saying for years: autism is a part of their identity, and they don’t need to be fixed.
A panel of additional people with lived experience with neurodiversity will join Eric after his opening presentation after which questions from the audience will be invited.
About the Speaker
Eric Garcia is a journalist based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was an assistant editor at the Washington Post's Outlook section and an associate editor at The Hill and a correspondent for National Journal, MarketWatch and Roll Call. He has also written for the Daily Beast, the New Republic, and Salon.com.
- Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2022
- Time: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST
- Location: Online on Zoom Webinar. Closed captioning will be provided.
- Type: Global Webcast
- Price: Free
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This webcast is part of the IHCD International Inclusive Design Webcast Series in Memory of Eliza Forrest Kaye Bromfield. Eliza was a beloved member of the IHCD family. Through this series of public lunch & learn events that Eliza ran in her years with IHCD, we intend to honor her curiosity and enthusiasm for inclusive design. We sincerely thank her loving family for their generous support of this lecture series.