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Eric Garcia on Autism: 'We’re Not Broken'

Renee Bright

The title of journalist Eric Garcia’s book, We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation, says it all: People with autism don’t need to be fixed. 

Eric Garcia is a political journalist who also has autism. And he’s tired of the myths that persist around his condition — that autistic people are all white men working in tech and that vaccines cause autism. He says, too, that the common phrases people use to talk about autism – terms like “high-functioning” and “low-functioning” – can obscure the real needs those with autism have. Eric Garcia joins us this Friday at noon and Saturday at 11 a.m. to talk about his book, which he calls a love letter to autistic people. 

Eric Garcia’s book is We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation [Amazon|Indiebound|Bookshop]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.