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The representation of the many manifestations of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in several young adult novels including 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' by Mark Haddon, 'Rules' by Cynthia Lord and 'Anything but Typical' by Nora Raleigh is analyzed. Portrayal of ASD in young adult literature where characters with autism is just one element of the plot is suggested.
n Extraordinary Bodies: figuring disability in American culture and literature, Rosemary Garland Thompson contends that disability is another 'culture-bound, physically justified difference to consider along with race, gender, class, ethnicity and sexuality' (1997, p.5). The two reigning models that have marked disability as a site of difference are the medical and the social; the former in both its benign and pernicious forms identifying the somatic and psychological markers of disability and scaffolding around these regimes of medical intervention and correction, the latter involving social recognition of disabilities, and identifying ways to 'establish social equity that do not depend on a medical response, but on modifying man-made societal arrangements' (Saunders 2004, p.2). The medical and social models have been critiqued by theorists in the field who have argued that they are not only underpinned by the view that disability is a 'personal medical tragedy' (Campbell 2004, p.443), but also that they are often mutually exclusive, failing to successfully cognate the culturally discursive, the socially regulated and the multiple realities of disabled people's lives (Price and Schildrick 2002). This paper will situate Mark Haddon's novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (2003) within these current debates in disability theory, arguing that fictional representations such as Haddon's contribute powerfully to what Judy Singer calls a more 'ecological view of society', that is 'one that is more relaxed about different styles of being' (1999, p.67).
Asperger's syndrome was only formally accepted into the ICD and DSM classifications of psychiatric disorders in the 1990s. It has been written about extensively in the scholarly literature for two decades, but diagnostic tools are continuing to evolve, as well as understanding of its genetic component and its brain development features. In the criminal law context it poses difficult issues at trial and at sentencing. Contextualising Asperger's disorder within current knowledge about autism spectrum disorders, this article identifies relevant court decisions internationally, and particularly scrutinizes selected decisions in the United Kingdom ( Sultan v The Queen  EWCA Crim 6), Victoria, Australia ( Parish v DPP  VSC 494), and Nova Scotia, Canada ( R v Kagan (2007) 261 NSR (2d) 285; (2008) 261 NSR (2d) 168). It argues that Asperger's disorder needs to be distinguished by the courts from other disorders, such as personality disorders and intellectual disability, and should be recognized as having the potential to affect in important, albeit subtle, ways defendants' thinking and understanding, as well as their emotional responses to situations that are to them traumatic. This makes Asperger's disorder relevant to a number of threshold issues in relation to criminal responsibility as well as to criminal culpability.
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