2020 Interdisciplinary Book Club

Announcing the Interdisciplinary Training Book Club for Spring 2020.


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Join the Interdisciplinary Book Club

Due to the the COVID-19 outbreak the in-person discussion has been cancelled. A virtual discussion may be scheduled. Trainees at the Center on Disabilities and Human Development are offering an Interdisciplinary Book Club open to all University of Idaho students.

The 2020 Spring semester book choice is The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida.

Amazon synopsis says: "You’ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: “Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?” “Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?” “Why don’t you make eye contact when you’re talking?” and “What’s the reason you jump?” (Naoki’s answer: “When I’m jumping, it’s as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.”) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights—into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory—are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again."

The Book Club will meet once a month to discuss literature, as well as learn about inclusivity and diversity. To join or receive more information, contact Annie Meyers, CDHD Trainee at lhannon@uidaho.edu or 208-885-6000. Please note that books are available on a first-come first-served basis.

Next Meeting:
March 24, 2020
6:00-7:00 PM
One World Café
533 S Main St
Moscow, Idaho