Autism and the Advocacy Movement


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Essay #: 071672
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The beginning:
Autism and the Advocacy Movement
This paper will discuss advocacy strategies aimed at raising awareness of autism and all issues that autistic children and their parents face in everyday life. First, autism as a disorder will be addressed. The aim of this introductory part is to underline, not only the challenges families with autistic children face, but also the importance of autism advocacy for present and future generations. Next, a general look at the advocacy and its aims will be provided. And, at the end, particular note will be given to the legal options for advocacy movement and families of autistic children and youth.
Autism as a disorder is not easy to define. Martin (2011) states that autism is “a complex neurological disorder”...
The end: strong autism advocacy. This advocacy should be a joined effort of many groups, including Children and Youth Workers, and should aim, among other, at educating the public and forcing policy makers to rethink autism in relation to social and employment issues.
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