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Mapping the social mind

Mapping the social mind

The mysteries of autism, an often-intractable disorder of aloneness, are starting to give way to discoveries by Yale scientists. Their hope is that early intervention will help autistic children develop social ability and a better sense of their place in the world.

Humans share such solid bonds with family, friends and community that we can scarcely imagine what it might be like to be a tiger, or a spider or any of the myriad of Earth’s creatures that lead solitary lives.

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Life on wheels

Life on wheels

Filmmaker and physician Gretchen Berland gave cameras to three disabled people and asked them to shoot their everyday lives. Rolling, the documentary that resulted, shows us what the world looks like from the seat of a wheelchair.

Vicki Elman sits in her wheelchair, stranded on the sidewalk in front of her California house. Her wheelchair motor has stalled, and the van driver has refused to roll her into her house, saying it’s against the rules.

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