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ERIC Number: EJ857871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Disqualified in the Human Race: A Close Reading of the Autobiographies of Individuals Identified as Autistic
Ashby, Christine E.; Causton-Theoharis, Julie N.
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v13 n5 p501-516 Aug 2009
Much can be learned about the experience of autism by listening to the voices of individuals so labelled. They describe their understanding of competence, living in a culture where autism is considered deviant, deficient and outside the range of 'normal' human experience. This paper utilises autobiographical accounts written by individuals who identify as autistic as a source of qualitative research data and specifically explores the ways in which these texts address issues of competence. Using narrative inquiry, it explores how individuals with autism, both adults and adolescents, describe their own notions of competence and, further, the instructional practices that support their ability to demonstrate their competence. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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