Edith Sheffer: "Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna" | Talks at Google

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Prize-winning author Edith Sheffer presents her ground-breaking research on Asperger Syndrome with Google's Eileen Naughton. Sheffer exposes how Hans Asperger, widely seen as a compassionate pioneer of autism and Asperger syndrome in Nazi Vienna, actually participated in the Third Reich's murder of disabled children considered "unworthy of life" and crafted his definition of autism around Nazi ideology and institutions.
Sheffer and Naughton discuss the significance of these revelations for the treatment of autism now -- and whether the term "Asperger's" should remain in common use. Their conversation spans the state of psychiatry today, the proliferation of mental diagnoses, and the role of neurodiversity in the workplace. Sheffer is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. More information at www.aspergerschildren.com.
Moderated by Eileen Naughton.

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