Interview with Author Anne McGuire on Autism Awareness and Accessibility in Publishing

by Sam Killian April 18, 2016

Disability studies scholar Anne McGuire’s War on Autism: On the Cultural Logic of Normative Violence takes a critical look at autism awareness campaigns.  Scheduled for publication next month, the book will be the first to follow the Press’s new accessibility guidelines. Below the author discusses her goals for the book and how she worked to ensure its accessibility for readers with print disabilities. April is Autism Awareness Month. What is the relationship of your book to autism awareness campaigns, and did you have particular audiences in mind when you wrote it? War on Autism takes a critical look at mainstream […]

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Seeing Beyond Amazing: Is Sesame Street really changing the way we understand autism?

by Sam Killian December 14, 2015

This is a guest post by Anne McGuire, author of the University of Michigan Press forthcoming title, War on Autism. Seeing Beyond Amazing: Is Sesame Street really changing the way we understand autism? The Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, made international headlines and lit up social media last month with the introduction of its newest Muppet character, Julia. With wispy orange hair and bright green eyes, Julia is, according to Sesame: “a preschool girl with autism who does things a little differently when playing with her friends”. Julia is more than a just another person in the neighbourhood, […]

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UM Press honors National Autism Awareness Month with talk by Annie Lehmann

by Heather Newman April 22, 2010

The Accidental Teacher The University of Michigan Press is proud to present Annie Lehmann, author of The Accidental Teacher, in an Author Series presentation in honor of National Autism Awareness Month.

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Annie Lehmann, Author of “The Accidental Teacher,” on the Rise in Autism Diagnoses

by Heather Newman November 9, 2009

Catherine Lord, who wrote the foreword to Annie Lehmann’s book The Accidental Teacher: Life Lessons from My Silent Son (University of Michigan Press, 2009), was quoted extensively in a recent New York Times story on autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Lehmann had this to say about the story: “Asperger’s Syndrome may have only become part of the medical lexicon in 1994, but has had a profound effect on the reported numbers of cases of individuals on the autism spectrum. “The spectrum is broad — very broad — so that a fully functional person with a Ph.D. in math and a nonverbal […]

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Q&A with Annie Lehmann, author of The Accidental Teacher

by University of Michigan Press November 2, 2009

Having severe autism does not stop Annie Lehmann's son Jonah from teaching her some of life's most valuable lessons. The Accidental Teacher, a heartfelt memoir about self-discovery rather than illness, uses insight and humor to weave a tale rich with kitchen-table wisdom. It explains the realities of life with a largely nonverbal son and explores the frustrations and triumphs of the Lehmann family as Jonah grew into a young adult. Annie Lehmann, a freelance writer for more than twenty-five years, has published articles in many newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times and Detroit Free Press. Listen to the […]

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