Creating a New Normal in Grandin’s “Thinking in Pictures”

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Essay #: 071176
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Creating a New Normal in Grandin's "Thinking in Pictures"
Grandin
provides an example of how people with autism can be successful.
Grandin’s
phenomenal professional success raises a number of important questions about the definition of normal.
In this essay it will be argued that Thinking in Pictures suggests that the concepts of disability and normal should be recreated. Two articles that are related to Thinking in Pictures will be examined to prove that the definitions of normal and disability need to be recreated. In the article “The Meaning of Autism” Sara O’Neil shows how autism is being
reconceptionalized
so that people with autism are different but normal. In “Being Normally Different? Changes in Normalization Processes”
Myriam...
The end:
.....w definition of normal based on being able to interact in a socially appropriate. This will mean that disabled people will not have to deal with the stigma of being considered abnormal.
Grandin’s
story indicates that supposedly disabled people can be considered normal and that their ways of thinking and perceiving the world are not pathological. Instead
Grandin
just displays a different way of being normal.
Works Cited
Grandin
, Temple, Thinking in Pictures, Vintage Books, New York,
2006.
O’Neil, Sara, “The Meaning of Autism: Beyond Disorder” in
Disability and Society, Vol.37, No.7, 2008: 787-799.
Winance
,
Myriam
, “Being Normally Different? Changes in the
Normalization Process” in Disability and Society, Vol. 22,
No.6, Oct. 2007: 625-638.