Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay, a leading poet (though he does not acknowledge it) and
memoirist of the experience of autism, was born in India in 1988. Tito was diagnosed
with severe autism at the age of three, but his mother Soma, with fi erce hope and
determination, devised an intensive rapid prompting method to teach Tito to read
and write. In 2001, Tito and his mother came to the United States to begin work
collaborating with doctors, re-searchers, and advocates in order to better understand
and support individuals with autism.
At a very early age, Tito began expressing himself in prose and poetry and numerous
collections of his work have been published (see below). More recently, Tito has
become a leading fi gure in the neurodiversity movement, challenging conventional
measures of mental states and abilities. As Tito describes himself: “Human beings
have classifi ed each other based on religion, country, disorders and of course in today’s
world their sexual choices. It is easy to recognize each other based on classifi cation.
Hence, doctors have classifi ed me with Autism.”
Tito’s life and work have been featured widely in the media, including “Sixty
Minutes”,“Good Morning America,” The New York Times, Scientifi c American,
National Geographic, PBS, CNN, Disability Studies Quarterly and in the
documentaries Tito’s Story (BBC, 1999) and A Mother’s Courage (HBO, 2010) Tito
now lives in Austin, Texas, where his mother directs the autism organization HALO
http://www.halo-soma.org and Tito and his mother make frequent presentations to
autism education and advocacy organizations nationwide.