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Worlds of AutismAcross the Spectrum of Neurological Difference$
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Joyce Davidson and Michael Orsini

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816688883

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816688883.001.0001

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Autism in an Age of Empathy

Autism in an Age of Empathy

A Cautionary Critique

(p.31) 1 Autism in an Age of Empathy
Worlds of Autism

Joyce Davidson

Michael Orsini

University of Minnesota Press

Patrick McDonagh The notion of empathy, like that of intelligence, seems to require outsiders – like those with autism – whose exclusion from “empathic consciousness” can assure the rest of us that we are acceptably empathic. This chapter challenges the use of autism as a test case for validating the concept of empathy.

Keywords:   Autism, Cognitive Difference, Neurodiversity, Disability Politics, Social Movements, Politics, Research, Healthcare, Empathy

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