Autism in Contemporary Film, Literature – and Life
August 23rd, 2008
One in every 150 American-born children is diagnosed with an autism-spectrum disorder. Christofer Foss (University of Mary Washington) has examined how autism is portrayed in contemporary literature and film and says it is time to re-think difference, dignity, discrimination, and other disability issues. Also: Nicole Myers (University of Mary Washington) says with proper training, teachers can make significant strides with high-functioning autistic children in the mainstream classroom. And: producer Nancy King visits a Charlottesville family who is building a special “therapy room” to meet the challenge of their young son who has autism.