‘War on Autism’ awarded inaugural Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies

by Charles Watkinson January 30, 2016

Anne McGuire, assistant professor in equity studies at the University of Toronto, has won the 2015 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities, the University of Michigan Press has announced. McGuire will receive a prize worth $5,000 for her manuscript, War on Autism: On the Cultural Logic of Normative Violence. The award is sponsored by the U-M Press and the U-M Library in collaboration with the Department of English Language and Literature, where pioneering disability studies theorist Tobin Siebers spent much of his career. Her manuscript will be published by the U-M Press, a leading publisher of books […]

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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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Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day

by Carolyn Darr April 2, 2015

Today makes that eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day. Started in 2007 by the United Nations, World Autism Awareness day aims to highlight autism as a global health crisis, increase world knowledge of the disorder, and spread information about the importance of early diagnoses and intervention. Another aspect of the celebration is honoring autistic people around the world whose unique skills and abilities have a tremendous effect on those around them. As one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the United States, we believe Autism awareness is worth celebrating. In honor of World Autism Awareness Day the University of […]

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For World Autism Awareness Day, Consider ‘The Accidental Teacher’

by Phillip Witteveen April 2, 2014

According to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly one in 68 American children fall on the Autism spectrum, a category of developmental brain disorders with a broad array of symptoms. These symptoms can include difficulty with social interaction, and a tendency toward repetitive behaviors; they vary in severity from person to person, and may be co-morbid other medical conditions.  Since the 1970s, April has been National Autism Awareness Month—a month to raise awareness about the disability, and celebrate the autistic community. At its simplest, it’s an invitation to start a talking, share stories, and counteract stigma. April 2 marks World […]

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Author Annie Lehmann speaks out on Autism Awareness Month

by Heather Newman April 20, 2011

Annie Lehmannn is author of The Accidental Teacher: Life Lessons from My Silent Son. She wrote this essay in honor of Autism Awareness Month, April 2011. Parents raising children with autism are on the front lines every day, navigating a sea of unique challenges, emotions and bureaucracies. Yet when it comes to autism education, the parental perspective tends to be overlooked.  Parents have a great deal to contribute and getting professionals to appreciate this was one of the reasons I wrote The Accidental Teacher: Life Lessons from my Silent Son. During the 20 plus years chronicled in this book we […]

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