The Mini-Course on Disabilities: Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone

Tuesday, May 15, 2007
9:30am ET
Location: Temple University Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA

This event is part of:

The Mini Course Series on Disabilities
Presenting New Approaches and Promising Practices
Spring 2007 - Focus on Autism
Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education

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Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone: Lessons for Inclusion and Community Integration from First-hand, Autobiographical Accounts


Douglas Biklen, PhD
Dean, School of Education, Syracuse University


Temple University Harrisburg
234 Strawberry Square
(corner of 4th & Walnut Streets)
Harrisburg, PA 17101

9:30 a.m.-noon (8:30 a.m. registration)


This seminar will explore the contradictions as well as similarities between autobiographical accounts of autism and the professional literature. Drawing principally on autobiographical accounts in his book, Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone, along with film documentaries written by people with autism, Dr. Biklen will explore implications for parents, professionals and others concerned about the rights and opportunities for people with a label of autism as well as other developmental disabilities. The film, Autism is a World, which was co-produced by Dr. Biklen, will be shown as an integral part of this seminar.

Objectives of this workshop:

  1. Identify lessons for practice that can be culled from the presentation and obtained from the video.
  2. Develop a list of practices that reflect narrative accounts by people with autism.
  3. Compare various practices based on research in the field.

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