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We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation
With a reporter’s eye and an insider’s perspective, journalist Eric Garcia chronicles the state of autism in America in his new book, We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation. Part manifesto, part memoir, and part reported essay, We’re Not Broken sees Mr. Garcia weave 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.

Mr. Garcia presents a comprehensive survey of autism in the U.S., incorporating the perspectives of autistic people from all walks of life in addition to sharing his experiences as an autistic journalist working at high-profile news outlets in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Garcia is a senior Washington correspondent at The Independent. 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.

Mr. Garcia will be in conversation with award-winning science writer Steve Silberman (FAN ’15), author of the 2105 book NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and our YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of We're Not Broken from FAN's partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Mr. Garcia and Mr. Silberman that will start immediately after the webinar. Copy and paste this link to purchase the book: https://www.thebookstall.com/event/were-not-broken-changing-autism-conversation-fan-program-eric-garcia

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Sep 20, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Eric Garcia
Senior Washington correspondent at The Independent @http://www.ericmgarcia.net/
Eric Garcia is a senior Washington correspondent at The Independent and the author of the 2021 book We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation. He has worked as an assistant editor at The Washington Post’s Outlook section and wrote regularly for the paper, and as an associate editor at The Hill. He also worked at Roll Call, where he interviewed elected officials ranging including Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren, and MarketWatch, where he covered financial regulation. Mr. Garcia has written extensively about autism and disability rights for National Journal Daily, The Washington Post, NBC’s THINK, and The Daily Beast. Prior to his time in journalism, Mr. Garcia interned at the White House during the Obama administration and is an alumnus of Chaffey College and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Steve Silberman
Award-winning science writer and author @https://www.stevesilberman.com/
Steve Silberman is an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in Wired, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, the MIT Technology Review, Nature, Salon, Shambhala Sun, and many other publications. He is the author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, which became a widely-praised bestseller and won the 2015 Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction, a California Book Award, and a Books for a Better Life award. It was chosen as one of the Best Books of 2015 by the New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Boston Globe, The Independent, and many other publications, and is translated into 23 languages. Mr. Silberman also won a gold record from the Recording Industry Association of America for co-producing the Grateful Dead’s career-spanning box set So Many Roads (1965-1995). As a young man, he was Allen Ginsberg’s teaching assistant at Naropa University.
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