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Published on Apr 8, 2016
When a child with autism is asked to write a story, the products are things like a taco cannon, not an autistic detective. The “Sherlock Holmes effect,” as Adrienne Burris calls it, is not how we should look to understand the mind of people with an autism spectrum disorder. Instead of creating an expectation of a book written by someone with autism, “we just need to ask them and stop trying to do it ourselves.”
Adrienne is the founder of Greenville Wordsmiths, a nonprofit that empowers kids to discover and share their voices by making them published authors. She just returned to South Carolina from getting her Masters degree at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she researched the subject of her talk.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx