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Wed, 04/13/2011 - 09:38 — agoursa
Start: 06/09/2011 5:30 pm
End: 06/10/2011 4:00 pm
Topics: Exploring the brain of autistic individuals & Intervention research in Autism.
Thursday, June 9th, 5:30 – 8 pm;
AAC monthly meeting PART 1– Michelle Dawson: “Why is this brain autistic? Exploring Cognitive Versatility in Autism”
Friday, June 10th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
AAC monthly meeting PART 2– Michelle Dawson: “Autism Intervention Research: Good and Bad News”
Location: Marcus Autism Center, Second floor Conference room.
-> Featured speaker:
Clinique Specialisée de l’Autisme
Université de Montréal
Michelle Dawson is an autistic researcher affiliated since 2004 with Laurent Mottron’s lab at the University of Montreal. Her research interests include learning and intelligence in autism, the autistic cognitive phenotype, how cognitive processes work together in autism, and science- and ethics-based approaches to autism.
-> Thursday June 9th (5:30 - 8:00 pm): Why is this brain autistic? Exploring cognitive versatility in autism
“We do not know very much about autism and autistic people,” wrote a famous scientist back in 2004, and things have not improved much since then. If sheer quantity of scientists, scientific research, scholarly books, and so on, was in itself effective, then our ignorance about autism would have vanished long ago. But this is not what has happened. Deficit-based accounts of autism have always been dominant, and these models have certainly been both powerful and popular. But they have also fallen short where it counts: they have not made good predictions about the abilities of autistic people. Meanwhile, autistic cognitive strengths have been either ignored altogether or promoted as evidence for yet more autistic deficits. In the circumstances, perhaps no one should be surprised that autism remains poorly understood. How and why did this happen, and how can we do better?
-> Thursday June 10th (2:00 - 4:00 pm): Autism intervention research: Good and bad news
The quality of autism intervention research has an enormous impact on the daily lives of all autistic people, whether we do or do not receive any specific kind of intervention. At the same time, well-established research standards that have greatly enhanced the well-being of nonautistics are routinely denied to autistics. For example, good experimental design in autism intervention research is often claimed to be impossible as well as harmful to autistics; and quantity of research is often promoted as definitive, regardless of quality. This presentation will explore these and many related issues, identifying current trends, providing examples, and enumerating the consequences of good and poor quality autism intervention research.