Donald Triplett – Autism’s Patient Zero part 2

20 Jun

A while back, Kev wrote about an article in the Atlantic, Autism’s First Child. The story is about Donald T (Donald Triplett) who was the first child described by Leo Kanner in his first paper on autism.

I don’t recall at the time seeing this video the Atlantic produced on the story. I watched it and enjoyed it, especially the parts discussing how Mr. Triplett’s community supports him:

5 Responses to “Donald Triplett – Autism’s Patient Zero part 2”

  1. Sharon June 20, 2011 at 09:28 #

    I ran this clip some time back on my blog too. I was really moved by this story, and wished dearly that his parents could see how well things turned out for Donald, thanks to their loving dedication. All those nights they probably lay awake worrying what may become of him after their demise (yes there’s some projection in that) and the eventual outcome was a wonderful one. Personally I found his story reassuring.

  2. David N. Andrews M. Ed., C. P. S. E. June 20, 2011 at 18:53 #

    I’ve always said that it’s societies that we autistics suffer from … well, this clip kinda supports that notion. When a society decides to be inclusive, an autistic person can have a bloody good life. When society decides on exclusion as a policy, our lives turn to shit.

    And it really is based on the choices that societies make on how to respond to the behaviourally different.

  3. Dianne June 22, 2011 at 08:11 #

    Is there somewhere to see the full interview? I’d be really interested to see it.

  4. Dianne June 22, 2011 at 08:11 #

    Or is it only on paper? It would make a great documentary… The first boy with Autism.

  5. RAJ June 24, 2011 at 13:54 #

    Leo Kanner published a followup of the eleven children he described in his 1943 paper thirty years after he first diagnosed the 11 children. Two of the eleven had what he described as a satisactory outcome, for the nine other children outcome wasn’t very good. the nine who had poor outcomes were all instituionalized and remained institutionalized.

    Here is the PDF for the entire Kanner followup study :

    This is a large PDF and may take some time loading

    Click to access library_kanner_1971.pdf

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