In a Different Key is a book about autism like no other. This book is dedicated to telling the story of autism, from its first official diagnosis, to autism's voice of today. Authors John Donvan, a correspondent for ABC, and Caren Zucker, an award-winning television news journalist, devote some six hundred pages to detailing autism's story.
The book is divided into ten parts; each part moves readers through the history of autism. The first part focuses on autism's first case and the troubles the little boy's family faced when trying to get help for their son. Donvan and Zucker reveal that at first, autistic kids often ended up in mental institutions because no one really knew how to help them. By the end of the book, it is easy to see how society has advanced in its understanding of autism.
Donvan and Zucker tell of the dedicated doctors and parents who fight for autistic kids. Heartbreaking stories of struggling families are told; inspiring stories of doctors who made breakthroughs are written with excitement. This book truly leaves nothing out; the good, bad and ugly are all included in an effort to truly tell the story of autism. It is a long read, but one that is definitely worth it for anyone wanting to know more about autism.
I received a copy of this book through the Books for Bloggers program in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.