Beyond Autism: Re-Thinking the Label, Sheffield Hallam University

Where: Stoddart Building (Ground Floor), Howard Street, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, S1 1WB

When: Saturday 9th November 2013, 1.30pm – 4.30pm

The Event: The number of people being diagnosed with autism is growing, at this event we ask is this a good thing for people labelled with autism?  The discussion will focus on the controversies surrounding the use of autism as a label to explain the ways in which people behave. This event will be of interest to a general audience and is part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

Programme:

Chaired by Prof. Dan Goodley.  Tea/Coffee on arrival for 1.30pm start.

1.30pm: Presentations

Katherine Runswick-Cole, “What autism means to me: A mother’s view”

Sami Timimi, “What do we know about the biology of autism?”

2.00pm: Discussion I

2.30pm: Presentations

Graham Collins, “Questions of Treatment”

Rebecca Mallett, “Buying and Selling Autism: The Label as Commodity”

Paul Maloney, “A social-materialist approach to understanding and working with people who have been given an ASD diagnosis”

3.00pm: Discussion II

3.30pm: Tea/Coffee Break

4.00pm: Plenary (Discussant, Tom Muskett)

4.30pm: Finish

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