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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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Cerebralizing Autism within the Neurodiversity Movement

Cerebralizing Autism within the Neurodiversity Movement

(p.73) 3 Cerebralizing Autism within the Neurodiversity Movement
Worlds of Autism

Joyce Davidson

Michael Orsini

University of Minnesota Press

Francisco Ortega This chapter analyzes the relationship between autistic people and their brains. In particular, it explores how a brain-related vocabulary was mobilized by autistic self-advocates to deconstruct deficit-focused narratives of autism. At the same time, it challenges the idea that neuroscience is radically transforming notions of personhood and community.

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

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