The Politics of Autism

The Politics of Autism

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In the first book devoted exclusively to the contentious politics of autism, noted political scientist and public policy expert John J. Pitney, Jr., explains how autism has evolved into a heated political issue disputed by scientists, educators, social workers, and families. Nearly everything about autism is subject to debate and struggle, including its measurement and definition. Organizational attempts to deal with autism have resulted in not a single a€œautism policy, a€ but a vast array of policies at the federal, state, and local levels, which often leave people with autism and their families frustrated and confused. Americans with autism are citizens, friends, coworkers, sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers. No longer simply the objects of public policy, they are active participants in current policy debates. Pitneya€™s fascinating look at how public policy is made and implemented offers networks of concerned parents, educators, and researchers a compass to navigate the current systems and hope for a path towards more regularized and effective policies for Americaa€™s autism community.a€œTrying to obtain services for a special-needs child is a never-ending process, a€ one mother told a Tennessee journalist. ... 18 For children under three, the first stop is an individualized family service plan (IFSP), which maps out early intervention (EI). ... Missouri.21 When they are not shuttling their children or filling out forms, parents are searching the Internet for various do-it-yourself approaches, includinganbsp;...

Title:The Politics of Autism
Author:John J. Pitney Jr.
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2015-08-06


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