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ERIC Number: EJ813061
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1934-9556
"I Like Others to Not Try to Fix Me": Agency, Independence, and Autism
Rossetti, Zachary; Ashby, Christine; Arndt, Katrina; Chadwick, Marilyn; Kasahara, Maho
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v46 n5 p364-375 Oct 2008
This article is based on an interpretevist, qualitative research project conducted with individuals labeled with "autism" who type to communicate. Researchers engaged in participant observation and conducted open-ended interviews with 9 participants who were working to develop independent typing skills. Three findings emerged from this research. First, participants shaped a notion of independence that included dependence on various supports. Second, researchers recognized the concept of agency in the interactions between participants and their communication facilitators. Third, participants exercised control of their lives through these expressions of agency.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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