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Author Donna Williams on the Experience of Autism

Williams grew up in an abusive family; they didn't know she was autistic. Williams has been labeled "deaf," "retarded," and "crazy." She ran away from home at a young age, lived on the streets, and managed to put herself through college. When she was 25, she learned the word "autistic," and set out to articulate to others her experience living in "a world under glass." Her autobiography is called "Nobody Nowhere."

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Other segments from the episode on November 30, 1992

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, November 30, 1992: Interview with Donna Williams; Interview with Bernard Rimland; Review of Julian Barnes' novel "Porcupine."

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