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This edited collection offers a historical overview of the autistic community and neurodiversity movement through first-hand accounts. While the awareness and impact of the movement have grown, apparent misunderstandings persist. Therefore, the editor introduces the neurodiversity movement, documenting concepts via the scientific literature, community activists and advocates, and the contributors themselves. This covers the terms neurodiversity and neurodiversity movement, the breadth of the movement, the rhetorical basis of its advocacy in neurological differences, its overlap with and divergence from the medical model, and its emphasis on self-advocacy. Then the introduction explains the approach to commissioning and editing contributing chapters, the historical background to the subject matter, and how the chapters fit into themes of gaining community, getting heard, and possibly entering the autism establishment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAutistic Community and the Neurodiversity Movement
Subtitle of host publicationStories from the Frontline
EditorsSteven K. Kapp
Place of PublicationSIngapore
PublisherSpringer Singapore
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-13-8437-0
ISBN (Print)978-981-13-8436-3
Publication statusEarly online - 8 Nov 2019


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