by Kamran Nazeer, 224 pages, $23.95, ISBN 1582346194, New York, NY, Bloomsbury USA, 2006
A college graduate; a socially responsible, contributing member of society; and financially independent. These are all probable answers to this question: Where do you see your child 10 years from now? But no parent dealing with the pain of a child newly diagnosed with autism or even a parent weary from the disability battle wants to be confronted with this question. Kamran Nazeer asks us to ponder this question in Send in the Idiots, where he takes his readers down a road that has been rarely traveled by writers on the subject of autism. He locates 4 classmates who were diagnosed with autism in their childhood and attended a special New York elementary school with him. His narrative weaves his own story together with those of his former classmates, who are now adults, in such a way that the reader is not blatantly confronted but is candidly, insightfully, and sensitively drawn into the adult world of autism.
Higashiyama N. Send in the Idiots: Stories From the Other Side of Autism. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161(4):421-422. doi:10.1001/archpedi.161.4.421-b