Affinity and Autism: What We Love Is Who We Are, and the Way We Connect
Duration: 2 Hours, 30 mins
Even from infancy, we know what we like. We know what attracts us, what makes us feel good, what makes us curious about the world. And all those likes and dislikes fit together like puzzle pieces, or patches in a crazy quilt to make up our personalities – literally, who we are.
Ron Suskind is Pulitzer Prize-winning, former Wall Street Journal reporter and the author of six best-selling books, the most recent of which, Life, Animated, A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, tells the story of his youngest son, Owen, who, after being diagnosed with autism, found a way to reengage with the world around him through movies. The book and an Academy Award-nominated documentary adapted from it, which won the 2018 Emmy for Best Documentary, has changed the way those with autism are seen and treated throughout the world. Suskind, who is a lecturer in narrative and justice at Harvard, is the founder of The Affinity Project (TAP), which has developed technologies to support neurodiversity and a more humane social media.