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ERIC Number: EJ1016490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2154-1647
Mindful Portrayals: Using Fiction to Create Awareness, Understanding, and Support for People with Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Brenna, Beverley
Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, v48 n4 p514-521 Dec 2013
Considering the arts model as a tool for promoting awareness, understanding, and support for people with autism and developmental disabilities, this paper discusses stories as a measure of societal thinking as well as a vehicle for societal change. The author's dual perspectives are shared as a researcher of books for children and young adults, as well as an award-winning writer of books for young people. Data from an ongoing qualitative study related to award-winning North American picture books for young people offer understandings of current patterns and trends regarding portrayals of characters who are differently abled, and this article has wide implications for teaching, learning and further research. [An annotated bibliography of award winners is included.]
Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; North America
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