Constructing 'NT Syndrome': impairments of being non-autistic

Brownlow, Charlotte and O'Dell, Lindsay (2008) Constructing 'NT Syndrome': impairments of being non-autistic. In: 2nd International Conference on Community Psychology (2ICCP), 4-6th June 2008, Lisbon, Portugal.

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Professional discourse plays an important role in shaping our understandings of autism. However, the powerful position of professional discourse has been challenged by some people with autism. This paper seeks to present research conducted that employed the use of internet technologies in investigating representations of autism.
Through this work frequent postings were made to online discussion lists by people with autism which present sophisticated challenges to expert knowledge bases. One
way of presenting this challenge was through the creation of ‘NT Syndrome’. In discussing NT syndrome an inverted construction of diagnosis is drawn upon, positioning autism as a difference rather than a deficit. Through such discussions complex reflections are posed concerning the position of people with autism in relation to non-autistic/neurologically typical (NT) individuals, with autism often portrayed more positively than NT in light of this.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Poster)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Poster presentation not published online.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2011 01:24
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: NT syndrome; non-autistic; autism
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing

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