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The culture of autism

Culture and Ignorance

Abstract

By Dr Dinah Murray

Autism is defined by a set of diagnostic criteria that identify 
dysfunction in a culturally biassed manner which harmfully distorts  expectations and judgments.  It is argued that this   tends to have a  prejudicial impact on the education and quality of life of autistic  individuals, by causing inappropriately negative expectations of  their capacities.  Autism is more constructively viewed as not an  illness but an aspect of essential human diversity.  Particular  attention is given to issues around empathy.  Evidence of many  positive characteristics of the autistic disposition is discussed.

Dr Dinah Murray
UK


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