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ERIC Number: EJ1109750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1949-6427
The Portraiture of Nick: Scene One, the Early Years
Bicehouse, Vaughn L.
Journal of Case Studies in Education, v4 May 2012
In 2007, the Autism Society of America (ASA) estimated that 1.5 million Americans and their families were affected by autism. As the current ASD prevalence rates continue to rise (10%-17% each year) so does the awareness that ASD is no respecter of persons. ASD touches children of every racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic background. Additionally, ASD has no known cause and no known cure but forever changes the lives of those it touches. The scientific facts and statistics on ASD albeit important lack a consequential understanding of the human impact of the disability. Therein lays the purpose of this portraiture, to provide a visual representation and a voice to Nick and his family who are living twenty-four hours a day with an ASD. This portraiture is what (Featherstone, 1989) terms "a people's scholarship"--a study in which "scientific facts gathered in the field give voice to a people's experience." This is the first scene of the portraiture of Nick. Nick's portrait creates a narrative that is authentic, multifaceted, intimate, and holistic. This case study of Nick will hopefully illuminate the complexity of Autistic Spectrum Disorders. This researcher believes that by providing this qualitative model, ultimately parents, specialists, professionals, and teachers will have research they can use when working with students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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