Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone

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Douglas Biklen
NYU Press, Aug 1, 2005 - Psychology - 304 pages
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Autism has been defined by experts as a developmental disorder affecting social and communication skills as well as verbal and nonverbal communication. It is said to occur in as many as 2 to 6 in 1,000 individuals. This book challenges the prevailing, tragic narrative of impairment that so often characterizes discussions about autism.

Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone seriously engages the perspectives of people with autism, including those who have been considered as the most severely disabled within the autism spectrum. The heart of the book consists of chapters by people with autism themselves, either in an interview format with the author or written by themselves. Each author communicates either by typing or by a combination of speech and typing. These chapters are framed by a substantive introduction and conclusion that contextualize the book, the methodology, and the analysis, and situate it within a critical disability studies framework. The volume allows a look into the rich and insightful perspectives of people who have heretofore been thought of as uninterested in the world.

  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
IntroductionA Discussion of Methods
1Framing AutismDouglas Biklen
2I An Introduction to Sue Rubin
3I An Introduction to Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay
4I An Introduction to Lucy Blackman
5I An Introduction to Larry Bissonnette
6I An Introduction to Alberto Frugone
7I Introduction to Richard Attfield
8I The World as Id Like It to BeJamie Burke
Bibliography
Index
About the Authors
Copyright

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Douglas Biklen is Professor of Cultural Foundations of Education, Teaching, and Leadership; and coordinates the Inclusive Education Program at Syracuse University. He is a senior faculty member in the Center on Disability Studies, Law and Human Policy. He is the author of Access to Academics and Contested Words, Contested Science. He was Educational Advisor for the Academy–Award–winning HBO documentary Educating Peter and is coproducer of the CNN documentary Autism is a World.

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