Video: Virginia Breen and Elizabeth Bonker break autism’s silence

Virginia Breen & Elizabeth Bonker at TEDMED 2012

Because Elizabeth Bonker was unable to speak due to autism, specialists assumed she was learning challenged. Far from the case:  She’s a highly intelligent child who found her voice through writing award-winning poetry.

Five TEDMED 2012 speakers announced today

Five new folks are joining our stellar lineup for this April. They are:

Frances Arnold
Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry, California Institute of Technology
Why should we engineer for uncertainty?

Elizabeth Bonker and Virginia Breen

Elizabeth Bonker with Virginia Breen
Author, Poet, Aspiring Doctor
When you finally find your voice, what do you most want to say?

Ivan Oransky
Executive Editor of Reuters Health
Is the “disease model” sick – or just exhausted?

Seth Cooper
Creative Director, Center for Game Science, University of Washington
Why is my joystick smarter than your stethoscope?

 

Ben Goldacre
Best-selling author, broadcaster
Where’s the rest of the data iceberg?

More to come soon!