This course introduces the student to autism and education from a disability studies perspective. Emphasis will be on critically examining a wide range of practice-oriented approaches and philosophical questions in autism and education including histories of autism, etiologies, diagnostic criteria and assessments, program planning and placement options, early intervention, behavioural, visual and environmental supports, social justice perspectives, family, neurodiversity and autistic self-advocacy approaches. The ways in which mental health, race, class, disability, gender and sexuality intersect with autism in educational contexts will also be examined. Learning from the voices and perspectives of persons who identify as or who have been labelled as autistic in educational contexts will be another important focus of the course.
04:750 and 04:751 or permission of Instructor.