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Friday, June 16, 2023

Donald Triplett, RIP

  In The Politics of Autism, I discuss evaluationdiagnosis, and the uncertainty of prevalence estimates.

In a Different Key, by John Donvan and Caren Zucker:

Nearly seventy-five years ago, Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi became the first child diagnosed with autism. Beginning with his family’s odyssey, In a Different Key tells the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition, and of the civil rights battles waged by the families of those who have it. Unfolding over decades, it is a beautifully rendered history of ordinary people determined to secure a place in the world for those with autism—by liberating children from dank institutions, campaigning for their right to go to school, challenging expert opinion on what it means to have autism, and persuading society to accept those who are different.

  WLBT in Jackson, Mississippi:

 He’s the subject of a popular book, a PBS documentary, and countless magazine stories and medical journal articles, and his name has its own entry in the Encyclopedia Britannica
But to employees at the Bank of Forest, he was simply, “Don.” 
Donald G. Triplett, 89, who worked 65 years at the bank in Scott County died Thursday morning, three months after collapsing in an airport. Triplett was known worldwide as “Case 1″ - the first person to be diagnosed with autism.