Professor Tony Attwood believes the "out of the box" thought processes of people on the autism spectrum will solve the world's big problems.
ABC News (Australia)
Published on Sep 25, 2017
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Professor Tony Attwood believes the "out of the box" thought processes of people on the autism spectrum will solve the world's big problems. He is credited with being the first clinical psychologist to present Asperger's syndrome not as something to be "fixed " but as a gift, evidenced in many of the great inventors and artists throughout history.
But while Professor Attwood has reached the top of his field, he reveals in this episode of Australian Story the personal cost of a missed diagnosis in his own family. Early in his career, he didn't see the signs of Asperger's in his son Will. The consequences were devastating for everyone.
The vigorous young man with autism was a challenge for the couple
who signed up as his houseparents.
In the end, all three were graced by the power of a hug.
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