October 31, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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In December 2006, President Bush declared War on Autism and dedicated one billion dollars in expenditure over the next 5 years.
What is Autism?
How much did we know about autism in 2006; and how far have we reached in this "crusade" after 7 years?
And which enemy is this "war" going to rid us from?
This is a topic about which I know little, and therefore I have invited two experts, whose practical and theoretical expertise will help us understand the complexity of the "Autism Wars".
Dr Mayada Elsabagh has coordinated researchers across the world to understand more about what we know – and don’t know – about the prevalence of autism. She will discuss the diagnostic criteria, and based on her epidemiological surveys of autistic disorder worldwide, will discuss the possible impact of geographic, cultural/ethnic, and socioeconomic factors on prevalence of the disorder.
Professor Erin Manning, the director of Senselab (where we gather to meet), is an artist and philosopher, and the author of "Always More than One: Individuation's Dance", will also be there, perhaps challenging us to think beyond "pathologization", to consider the processes of be(com)ing an(y) individual in a "neurotypical" society.