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Autism, "Recovery (to Normalcy)" and the Politics of Hope

Authored by Broderick, AA in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Volume 47, Issue 4, p. 263-281, (2009).

Article summary (posted May 20, 2010)


Recovery from autism may be as much about creating a world where people with autism are accepted as it is about removing all symptoms of autism.

This article describes the role of the term “hope” in therapy (applied behavior analysis) for children with autism. The author also describes the use of the word “recover” in the world of autism and compares that to the use of the word “recovery” by people with other psychiatric problems. For other psychiatric issues, recovery does not involve a decrease in symptoms, but rather control of symptoms. When the term recovery was first used in the world of autism it also had this meaning - a child could be recovered and still autistic. The author argues that hope should revolve around the idea of a world where children with autism have full rights and full value.


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