Sunday, 28 September 2014

AUSTISM, SCHMAUTISM

A disorder in communication

From a report on a bun fight put on by the Department of Education (in London, where else?) to mark its new system of 'Special Educational Needs' now imposed on England  
Of particular note was a young lady named Emma, from the EPIC group, who has autism. She had no fear in introducing herself to our small group chatting, including Stephen Kingdom, the Deputy Director of SEND. Emma is exactly the kind of young person these reforms are about – she worked on advising the government about what young adults wanted from the reforms. Emma’s dream job is to join the police, but said she had been told she wouldn’t be able to because of her autism. I think perhaps the police should start rethinking their policy as someone with Emma’s charm, confidence and passion could certainly help the force understand how to approach and help those with disabilities such as autism when they need to.
http://www.specialneedsjungle.com/the-snj-week-in-review-posts-presentations-and-parties/ 
 Humpty Dumpty on semantics and pragmatics –
'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.'
Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass, 1872

Leo Kanner died in 1981...

How far we have come​, in so many respects:


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