Challenging the ideology of idealised normalcy

Milton, Damian (2017) Challenging the ideology of idealised normalcy. In: Milton, Damian and Martin, Nicola, eds. Autism and Intellectual Disabilities in Adults. Pavilion Press, Hove, UK, pp. 7-10. ISBN 978-1-911028-67-3. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The history of autism has been beset by controversies over what exactly autism is, and how best to support autistic people in society. In this chapter, notions of normalcy are critically reflected upon in relation to current models of practice for autistic adults with additional learning disabilities in support services. This includes a critique of the dominant model-informing practice in this area currently; that of positive behaviour support (PBS), and the common theoretical assumptions underpinning the notion of ‘challenging behaviour’ and how to best ‘manage’ it. This chapter argues for a more eclectic approach to support, that encompasses theories of cognition, subjectivity, action, and social life, often left unaccounted for in a simplistic implementation of a PBS model based within a framework of idealising ‘normalcy’.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Autism, Normalcy, Positive Behaviour Support
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC553.A88 Autism. Asperger's syndrome
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Damian Milton
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2017 06:39 UTC
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2018 11:37 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/62643 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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