Navigating the Politics of Autism

Dr. John J. Pitney

In his comprehensive book, The Politics of Autism: Navigating the Contested Spectrum, political scientist and Claremont McKenna College professor John J. Pitney details the uncertainties about autism in all its scientific, medical, communal, political, and personal forms. The book contends that our shifting ideas about spectrum disorders impact policy decisions on the local and national level. 

Pitney, who has written multiple books on politics, advocates for giving people on the spectrum more of a say in how they contribute to and are integrated into society. 2e News recently spoke with Pitney about his work.

Q: What first turned your attention to policy and autism? 

I’ve always been interested in public poli...


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About Stuart Matranga

Stuart Matranga is an author and journalist who has written for Rolling Stone, Maxim, and other magazines. As a teacher, he specializes in students who are reluctant readers. Stuart has extensive experience teaching and working with twice-exceptional students.