Re-Thinking Autism, Diagnosis, Identity and Equality

Challenging existing approaches to autism that limit, and sometimes damage, the individuals who attract and receive the label, this book questions the lazy prejudices and assumptions that can surround autism spectrum disorders as a diagnosis in the 21st century. Auguing that autism can only be understood through examining “it” as a socially or culturally produced phenomenon, the authors offer a critique of the medical model that has produced a perpetually marginalising approach to autism, and explain the contradictions and difficulties inherent in existing attitudes. They examine and dispute the scientific validity of diagnosis and “treatment” and question the value of diagnosis in the lives of those labelled with autism.