Autism; it's for life, not just the weekend

Whelan, Michael, Rogerson, Ian, & Rogerson, Nicole (2013) Autism; it's for life, not just the weekend. Ramp Up: Disability Discussion Debate, January(11).

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An article about holidaying with a child with autism on a popular Australian website has sparked exasperation among many parents and advocates. Ian Rogerson, Nicole Rogerson and Michael Whelan respond.

Against a backdrop of a middle-class vacation at a beach house, disability arrives and Lives are Changed when a kid "steals" a sausage roll. No. This is not the premise for a rejected David Williamson screenplay. It's the work of a writer who felt her weekend away with a family whose number happened to include an autistic kid deserved some attention.

As parents of children on the autism spectrum we too think the piece published on a major Australian website yesterday deserves some attention. Just, perhaps, not in the way its author had hoped.

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ID Code: 91820
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Autism
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 ABC Online
Deposited On: 13 Jan 2016 23:15
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2016 03:07

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