We Walk: Life with Severe Autism

  • From the Publisher
September 1, 2019

In We Walk, Amy S.F. Lutz com­bines per­son­al nar­ra­tive, inter­views, and research in phi­los­o­phy, psy­chol­o­gy, psy­chi­a­try, dis­abil­i­ty stud­ies, bioethics, and soci­ol­o­gy to exam­ine social issues such as inclu­sion, ther­a­peu­tics, and reli­gion through the lens of her son Jon­ah’s severe autism. This col­lec­tion fea­tures essays about the b’nai mitz­vah the author shared with her son, the often fraught expe­ri­ence of tak­ing him to restau­rants and oth­er pub­lic spaces, and the con­tro­ver­sial use of psy­chi­atric inter­ven­tions on chil­dren, among oth­er top­ics. In a time when the pub­lic per­cep­tion of autism is shaped large­ly by the quirky genius­es” fea­tured on tele­vi­sion shows like The Big Bang The­o­ry and The Good Doc­tor, We Walk insists that pub­lic debates about this dis­or­der fore­ground those who are most impact­ed by it.

Discussion Questions