Judith Newman and Son

Judith Newman’s New Book Gives Siri A New Voice For Her Autistic Son

There is no better time than the present to make people in the world aware of what’s around them. 


Judith Newman seized this opportunity to share her and her son’s story with the world.  To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines is her newest book that chronicles the highs, lows, and iPhone Siri assistant of her Autistic son’s life. 



The Newman Family and Book Cover

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She recently interviewed with People magazine to spread the word, not only about her book but of the real meaning of love. Newman explains, “I grew up with the idea that without a life of the mind, what good is your life?” She now has a greater understanding and acceptance of all the qualities that make her son, Gus, who he is and who she loves. 


Newman first had twins, Henry and Gus, in 2001. Now, as juniors in high school, Henry is looking into colleges and careers while Gus is focused on a job in the New York City subways; he loves trains. “Gus won’t make a bunch of money,” Newman tells Henry. “There’s nothing wrong with having responsibility for people who are more vulnerable than you.”


For those wondering about the title, Newman explains how iPhone Siri plays a major role throughout her son’s day to day life. “Siri’s infinite patience and knowledge comfort Gus.” Once, Gus even asked Siri to marry him, to which she responded, “I’m not the marrying kind.”


Although the matrimony part may not be blossoming anytime soon, Newman’s understanding and awareness of Autism has grown immensely over the years of Gus’ life.

In To Siri With Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, And The Kindness of Machines Newman shows us that anyone, absolutely anyone, could have a bright future right at the tips of their fingers 




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