Attitudes Towards Autism in Healthcare and in Society
Autism did not make its way, as its own diagnosis, into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) until the third edition in 1980 (Davis 461). In 2014, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that autism diagnosis rates were 1 in 110 and stated the high prevalence as "an urgent public health concern" (McGuire 55). This declaration lead to autism being described as an epidemic, which then lead to a widespread sense of fear (McGuire 56). Disability studies scholars take a different approach when looking at autism and disabilities in general. The two main views of disabilities ...
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