In-class activity


Group 5: Abbey Herringshaw, Devon Davis, Roni Petroelje


Positioning ourselves

  1. Terministic screens:
    1. Science: ABA works, prevents us from considering other options
    2. Recovery: recovery is possible, gives us the idea that recovery is possible for all individuals/should be at least attempted
    3. Normalcy: filtering autistic people as abnormal
    4. Finding a good middle ground between two sides: changing society and giving people with autism the best preparation for the real world
    5. Broderick writes about the history/context of autism in the public eye – gave us an idea of how those ten controversies could have developed
    6. Authors:
      1. Chew & Raymaker: addressing general public, informing people of the controversies and where they came from
      2. Broderick: possibly a parent of an autistic child – focusing on cures for children, options for parents.
      3. Burke: linguist/philosopher, not specifically intending to talk about autism

Finding fictions

  1. “Fictions”:
    1. DSM: deficits from norm, operizationalizing terms as subjective
    2. Broderick: recovery, treatment, scientific study
    3. Chew & Raymaker: stereotypes, recovery, epidemic, advocates
    4. Rainman and savant skills, generalizing disabilities, laughable, satire


Theory informing practice: Autism Women’s Network

  1. Advocating acceptance more than the scientific diagnosis, aimed at a specific audience that is personally involved with autism, not at the general public. Specifically a women’s society – aimed at a group that is not as much of a focus usually. Not focused on disability, but on everyday issues the women face.  Choose not to define autism/disability, but make specific effort to address gender.
  2. “AWN is dedicated to building a community of autistic girls and women, their families, friends and supporters. A place where all can share their experiences amongst a diverse, inclusive supportive and positive environment.“
  3. Focus on stories and articles from women, can be written from any perspective.

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