Today the Vice-President of the National Council of Severe Autism, Amy LutzÂ and I speak about raising children who are profoundly affected by Autism and how it looks so different from parenting our typically developing children in many ways. We discuss Amyâ€™s books she has written on the topic and touch on some of the controversies surrounding Autism, the neurodiversity movement, and how this impacts those who are significantly affected by Autism.
Amy S.F. Lutz’s writing on severe autism has appeared on many platforms, including The Atlantic, Slate, and Psychology Today. Her first book, Each Day I Like It Better: Autism, ECT, and the Treatment of Our Most Impaired Children, was published in 2014; her new collection of essays, We Walk: Life with Severe Autism, was just released in October 2020. She is a founding board member of the National Council on Severe Autism and is currently completing her doctorate in the history of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and five kids.