Washington Post’s depictions of autism shift from “cause and cure” to acceptance, study finds

 

The Washington Post‘s depiction of autism has shifted over the years from a focus on “cause and cure” toward one of acceptance and accommodation, say the authors of a study that examined 315 articles published from 2007 to 2017.

The findings, which appear in the current online edition of Disability and Society, suggest that media representations are changing to reflect new public attitudes generated in part by the autistic rights movement, say co-authors Noa Lewin, a 2018 graduate of UC Santa Cruz, and Nameera Akhtar, a professor of psychology at UCSC.

“There’s less focus on cause and a bigger focus on accommodation,” said Lewin (Kresge College, ’18, psychology and sociology), whose undergraduate senior thesis was the basis of the study. “Coverage has shifted more toward how to make life better for autistic people and less on what is causing autism.”

Source: Washington Post’s depictions of autism shift from “cause and cure” to acceptance, study finds


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