The Power of Words: How we talk about people with autism spectrum disorders matters!
The statistics are more staggering than ever before! One in 91 children in the United States has autism. In this production, We/They statement pairs (based on a poem by Mayer Shevin; 1987) are used to show the language difference often employed by those who are defined as “helpers,” whether family members, teachers or other professionals, and the negative effect they can have. The Power of Words combines words, pictures and music to present examples of how the “they” talk about the “1” with autism, noting that even well-meaning and kind words can set the tone for acceptance or rejection as well as for inclusion or exclusion.
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