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Part 1:

– False interpretation of Autism is in the real world. They’re using these filters to validate their points instead of using reality to prove their points. They use the two extremes of extreme autism and normality to back their theses. Because they aren’t advocating for the middle we cannot truly understand. We can only comprehend what scholars are telling us, but if they are not accounting for the median, we cannot understand it.

– People are dealing with Autism by “overtreating” it. They are being preemptive about treatment and behavior based on a diagnosis rather than dealing with the behavior as it happens. We should deal with it by trying to inform themselves more. Instead of reading one article and assuming that all others are the same, we should do research and truly understand every side of what Autism means. Each individual with autism is so different, so it is hard to say that each treatment is for everyone.

– A lot of what Chew & Raymaker could be enhanced by the terministic screen theory so after reading Broderick, we can see where a lot of Chew & Raymaker’s controversy stemmed from. We think that if we had read Broderick before Chew & Raymaker we would have maybe taken a different viewpoint.

– Some of the authors are credible because they have positions of power, therefore they are much more educated than the average individual who hasn’t necessarily encountered autism first hand. However, they have been studying the extremes to try to understand the Autism spectrum without interacting with all variations of the Autism spectrum. As a result, their credibility is not as strong as it would be if they had accounted for all types of autism. We think they’re writing to people who have to deal with autism first hand. For example, parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, friends, and people working with individuals with autism.

Part 2:

– Some implications of Burke’s statement are that we cannot attach terms like “normal” or “typical” because there is no definitive definition of normal or typical. Our normal may be different from someone else’s normal, therefore the definition becomes ambiguous. The fictions found in Broderick are terms like “disability,” “disease,” and “epidemic” because Autism is not something that you can catch or relay, it is something that you are born with and effects everyday life. The DSM is much more scientific and doesn’t include stereotypes or stigmas. The DSM is official, however it does have fictions because it doesn’t account for cultural differences.

-Pop culture has coined the term “retarded” as a verb found commonly in everyday language. There is also the movies that have been made in the past 40 years about developmental disabilities and Autism spectrum disorders. Movies like Rain Man or I Am Sam or Forrest Gump exacerbate the perception of Autism. Now, if someone says my friend/child/acquaintance has Autism, the mind immediately jumps to one of those movies because we have been conditioned to that association.

Part 4:

– This organization has used the first person to make an impact. On the top of the website it says “Welcome to the homepage for Autism Network internal, a autistic-run self-help and advocacy organization for autistic people.” The language is very positive and supportive. This organization is not looking for sympathy or pity, but it is meant to empower and encourage others on the Autism spectrum.

– They choose not to define recovery or intervention because they believe that these things do not exist. They want to be able to accept and support autist’s and as autistic people they are not trying to change anyone. They want to be able to encourage growth and independence.

– They assume that people are going to pity them, and they created this organization to prove that they don’t need the pity. The creators of this organization want people to come to their website for “support, to share information and tips for coping and problem-solving.”


– The website itself is very colorful and bright. The Autism puzzle piece, which is the icon for Autism Spectrum is also very colorful and there was a link made to the colors found in both. The website is simple and easy to navigate, accounting for the visitors that may stumble onto this site. The background of the website is very stimulating and sensory oriented to capture their audience.


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