To Siri With Love

To Siri With Love

A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines

Book - 2017
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Judith Newman describes how her thirteen-year-old autistic son formed a bond with Siri, the iPhone electronic assistant, and how it helped him learn to communicate with the rest of the world.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, HarperCollins,, [2017]
Edition: First Canadian ediiton
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781443446730
1443446734
Branch Call Number: 618.92858 New
Characteristics: xxiv, 228 pages

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MysteriousQ
Apr 05, 2018

Quite possibly the worst parenting memoir ever written. A mother writes of the difficulties of raising her autistic son while mocking, belittling and denigrating every interest he has. Towards the end of the book, she talks of her desire to have him sterilized (!) When called out on her blatant ableism and endorsement of eugenics (yes, the same policy pushed by Nazi Germany) she plays the victim (even succeeding in getting negative reviews deleted from Amazon ) and denies any opportunity for open dialogue with the autistic community. Show your allyship by joining the boycott.

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benpattison
Feb 17, 2018

This book directly advocates eugenics and biological genocide of autistic people, both of which were policies directly endorsed by Adolf Hitler.

#BoycottToSiri

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superlibrarian
Jan 06, 2018

An excellent read for ASD parents, teachers, caregivers. Judith writes with love and humour. We still have much to learn on this topic, and Judith provides us with many tidbits of new info, references recent studies and research. Uplifting, honest, and hopeful.

jbuckmaster Jan 05, 2018

This is, quite possibly, the most disgusting book to be published within recent memory. It violates her son's privacy, encourages abuse of autistic children, and the author herself routinely insults autistic adults.

It saddens me that a library within Chinook Arch has ordered this trash and is propagating hatred toward persons like me.

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dmckenziehague
Dec 21, 2017

Authentic voice of the author comes thru as uplifting, hopeful but serious vignettes of life with twin teenage boys one of whom is on the spectrum.

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MysteriousQ
Apr 05, 2018

Other: Ableism, endorsement of eugenics, dehumanization, etc.

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benpattison
Feb 17, 2018

Other: Directly supports eugenics and biological genocide, policies both endorsed by Hitler.

SCL_Justin Jan 26, 2018

Violence: This book promotes views of autistic people as being less than allistic people and thus worthy of forced sterilization.

Violence: This book promotes the forced sterilization of autistic people and negates the idea that autistic people have basic human rights. Before reading this book, please google some reviews written by actually autistic people to get a clearer picture about why it's detrimental to autistic people.

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benpattison
Feb 23, 2018

benpattison thinks this title is suitable for 2 years and under

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