Autism and Neurodiversity Readings

The group examined medical texts on neurodevelopmental disorders together with more critical disability texts centered around identity and disability.


Week 3: Genetics of autism

Bumiller, K. (2009). The geneticization of autism: From new reproductive technologies to the conception of genetic normalcy. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 34(4), 875-899.

Rosti, R. O., Sadek, A. A., Vaux, K. K., & Gleeson, J. G. (2014). The genetic landscape of autism spectrum disorders. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 56(1), 12-18.


Week 4: Curing autism

Barnes, R. E., & McCabe, H. (2012). Should we welcome a cure for autism? A survey of the arguments. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 15(3), 255-269.

Bölte, S. (2014). Is autism curable?. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 56(10), 927-931.


Week 5: Gender and autism

Jack, J. (2012). Gender copia: Feminist rhetorical perspectives on an autistic concept of sex/gender. Women’s Studies in Communication, 35(1), 1-17.

Halladay, A. K., Bishop, S., Constantino, J. N., Daniels, A. M., Koenig, K., Palmer, K., … & Taylor, J. L. (2015). Sex and gender differences in autism spectrum disorder: summarizing evidence gaps and identifying emerging areas of priority. Molecular autism, 6(1), 36.


Week 6: Readings from Jim Sinclair 

Sinclair, J. (2013) Why I dislike “person first” language. Autonomy. 1(2)

Sinclair, J. (2012) Don’t Mourn for Us. Autonomy. 1(1)