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      Self-advocacy and self-determination of autistic students: a review of the literature

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      Advances in Autism

      Emerald Publishing

      Autism, Self-determination, Pedagogy, Self-advocacy

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          Abstract

          Purpose

          The purpose of this paper is to examine current research on self-advocacy and self-determination of autistic students in order to provide an overview of the research and to critically evaluate researcher’s methods of inclusivity of autistic people. Additionally, this paper will critically analyse the discourse of the current research to assess the extent of deficit, stigma and pathology discourse.

          Design/methodology/approach

          Research will be selected from a list of criteria which is to seek research that is inclusive of autistic people. The research will be analysed using elements of critical discourse analysis, critical disability studies and critical autism studies. The critical autism studies approach used in this paper is emancipatory to promote autistic scholarship, autistic inclusivity and autistic led research methods.

          Findings

          The result of this paper is that by prioritising, and including autistic individuals in the studies about them provides valuable educational insights and often challenges assumptions, stigmas and stereotypes of autistic individuals.

          Research limitations/implications

          The findings of the paper may be limited by the selection of literature reviewed and generalizability, therefore, researchers are encouraged to explore further.

          Practical implications

          This paper holds potential implications that question the consistency of current discourse and research into self-advocacy for autistic individuals in addition to providing effective research, teaching and support strategies based on insight. This paper also highlights some research that challenges assumptions of autistic individuals.

          Social implications

          This paper challenges assumptions and stigmas associated with autistic individuals and demonstrates the importance of self-advocacy and self-determination. This research transforms the paradigm of autism and education practice that has the potential to improve autistic individuals’ education and ultimately, improve their lives.

          Originality/value

          This research is important and valuable as there is limited research in this area. The potential of this research is that it can shift the broad perceptions of autism and make improvements in education and autistic individuals lives.

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                Author and article information

                Contributors
                Journal
                AIA
                10.1108/AIA
                Advances in Autism
                AIA
                Emerald Publishing
                2056-3868
                21 March 2019
                : 5
                Issue : 2 Issue title : Inclusive educational practice for autistic learners Issue title : Inclusive educational practice
                : 107-116
                Affiliations
                Department of Animation and Design, Society of Automotive Engineers, West End, Australia
                SAE Creative Media Institute, West End, Australia
                Author notes
                William James Zuber is the corresponding author and can be contacted at: billzuber@gmail.com
                Article
                622855 AIA-02-2018-0005.pdf AIA-02-2018-0005
                10.1108/AIA-02-2018-0005
                © Emerald Publishing Limited
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                Figures: 0, Tables: 1, Equations: 0, References: 40, Pages: 10, Words: 5594
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                e-literature-review, Literature review
                cat-HSC, Health & social care
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                Self-advocacy, Pedagogy, Self-determination, Autism

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