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Education is an important aspect of the environmental influences on autism, and effective education can have a significant effect on outcome for those on the autism spectrum. This Handbook explores the key concepts, debates and research areas in this dynamic field. Contributions from a wide range of countries and cultures are organised into six key sections: Part 1: Learning Needs and Educational Responses; Part 2: Early Intervention, Education in Core Domains and Family Support; Part 3: School-Based and Academic Education: Access and Support; Part 4: Collaborative Working in Education; Part 5: Education for Life and Barriers to Education; Part 6: Data Collection in Education and Measurement of Progress. The SAGE Handbook of Autism and Education is a definitive resource for researchers, postgraduate students, reflective practitioners ...
Chapter 1: Difference Versus Disability: Implications of Characterisation of Autism for Education and Support
Difference Versus Disability: Implications of Characterisation of Autism for Education and Support
A Note on Terminology
There is much current debate regarding the terminology related to autism. This chapter will resist people-first phrasing, in accordance with other autistic authors (Sinclair, 1993; Sainsbury, 2000):
We are not people who ‘just happen to have autism'; it is not an appendage that can be separated from who we are as people, nor is it something shameful that has to be reduced to a sub-clause. (Sainsbury, 2000: 12)
For most of the twentieth century autism was considered to be an extremely rare disorder, affecting a tiny proportion of the population; however, in recent decades the ...