Autobiography on the spectrum : disrupting the autism narrative / Beth A. Myers.
By: Myers, Beth A.Series: Practitioner inquiry series: Publisher: New York, NY : Teachers College Press, 2019Description: xiv, 107 pages ; 23 cm : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780807761458.Subject(s): AUTISM | ADOLESCENTS | AUTOBIOGRAPHY | PERSONAL NARRATIVES | CREATIVE WRITING | EDUCATION | TEACHERS GUIDES
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Preface -- "I swam too far in the sea and drowned" : a different view of autism -- "The walls of my room" : representations of home and family -- "I hope school starts to calm down so I can too" : enduring, resisting, and reframing school experiences -- "Nobody's normal in a way" : writing ourselves into the story of autism -- "I can do more than people think I can do" : on discovering what we seek.
"Autobiography on the Spectrum challenges prevailing notions about autism by offering a critically unconventional perspective—the viewpoint of adolescents who are themselves on the spectrum. Examining a year-long inquiry, Myers highlights the autobiographical works of the students through writing, photography, poetry, art, and more. She argues that autistic youth are not being accurately depicted in current research, not because they are unable to represent their own experiences but because their experiences are not always valued. In contrast, this book explores how autistic youth can (and do) represent themselves and shows educators how to create a space for the voices of these students." - PUBLISHER'S WEBSITE