Autism, its relationship to science and to people with the condition

Laurence Arnold

Abstract


This short paper, adapted from an academic essay written in 2003, attempts to place autism in a historical and cultural context. The author places himself squarely within this context and concludes that autism sits very easily within the social model of disability, it is not a triad of "impairments" but a landscape of neurodiversity where the political boundaries of DSM IV do not sit comfortably with "geographical" realities

Keywords


Autism; Science; Diagnosis; Culture

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