“Organic Education”: Empowering Students with Autism Through Hands-On Training


As an adult with autism who dropped out of school at age 16, John Elder Robison knows well the shortcomings of the modern education system. “Autism made modern school an insurmountable challenge for me,” he says. “And it’s an insurmountable challenge for thousands and thousands of other young people with developmental differences today.”

According to Robison, it’s time for schools to stop seeing people with autism as “disabled” and instead rethink their approach to educating them. In his recent TEDx talk, Robison described the ways book learning fails autistic students, and insists that “organic education” — hands-on training through apprenticeship and lab work — has the power to significantly improve career prospects and success potential for students with autism.

See Robison’s eye-opening and inspiring talk in this video.

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