Autism and Neurodiversity (Rebroadcast from January 2016)
In recent decades, significant attention has been paid to the civil rights of the physically disabled; but the same cannot be said for those suffering from mental disabilities such as autism. This week, the social stigmas attached to autism and how we can better understand autism through the lens of neurodiversity.
This interview originally aired in January 2016.
Guest: Jigna Desai, Chair of the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota
- Part 1 – 14:03
Whereas a medical model sees autism as a set of deficits that need to be fixed or repaired, Desai says, neurodiversity looks at the strength differences can provide to society – socially, technologically and intellectually.
- Part 2 – 12:30
There is concern that many of the diagnostic criteria for autism is based on observations of boys and men and this has led to cases in girls and women being underdiagnosed. Racial biases can also play a role in types of care received by African-Americans and Latinos with autism.
Note to stations: Please use parts 3 and 4 from the 12/13/2017 show: