Why One Mother of an Adult with Autism Believes that Stories Will Change the World
Children with autism, about one in sixty-eight kids, grow up surrounded by negative stigmas and misinformation. When they reach adulthood, they are often under-prepared for or under-appreciated in the workforce — roughly 90 percent of adults on the spectrum are unemployed or underemployed.
That’s why Jodi Murphy, whose adult son has ASD, created the nonprofit organization Geek Club Books — she hopes that through storytelling and positivity, her organization and others like it can make a profound change in the way the world views Autism Spectrum Disorder.
She has a great reason to believe this. Maybe I’m biased because I’m a book nerd and a writer, but I’m convinced that stories can change the world for the better. For proof, just take a look at Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Maybe stories about autism will have a similar effect on society.