Reasonable People A Memoir of Autism and Adoption

ISBN-10: 1590511298
ISBN-13: 9781590511299
Edition: 2007 (Annotated)
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Description: A testament to uncommon devotion and common possibilities. "Why would someone adopt a badly abused, nonspeaking, six-year-old from foster care?" So the author was asked at the outset of his adoption-as-a-first-resort adventure. Part love story,  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 5/17/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 496
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

A testament to uncommon devotion and common possibilities. "Why would someone adopt a badly abused, nonspeaking, six-year-old from foster care?" So the author was asked at the outset of his adoption-as-a-first-resort adventure. Part love story, part political manifesto about "living with conviction in a cynical time," the memoir traces the development of DJ, a boy written off as profoundly retarded and now, six years later, earning all "A's" at a regular school. Neither a typical saga of autism nor simply a challenge to expert opinion, "Reasonable People" illuminates the belated emergence of a self in language. And it does so using DJ's own words, expressed through the once discredited but now resurgent technique of facilitated communication. In this emotional page-turner, DJ reconnects with the sister from whom he was separated, begins to type independently, and explores his experience of disability, poverty, abandonment, and sexual abuse. "Try to remember my life," he says on his talking computer, and remember he does in the most extraordinarily perceptive and lyrical way. Asking difficult questions about the nature of family, the demise of social obligation, and the meaning of neurological difference, Savarese argues for a reasonable commitment to human possibility and caring.

Introduction: Some Get Eaten
Part I
Severe and Profound
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Have You Tried In Vitro? or What's in a Name?
He's So Fine
Guidance
Read the Book
Poking
Have You Missed Living with Me?
Try to Remember My Life
Buttoned-up Shirts
Throw Dad Away
Charlie Needs Our Help
The Sad Hurt Great Brother
Grief Isn't Easy
Reasonable People
It's My Story!
Notes
Acknowledgments
About the Author

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