Faculty Baden Presentations

Explicit Associations With Autism and Disability



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The entire month of April has been devoted to autism awareness for over 30 years; thus, it should be safe to assume the majority of the general public is aware of the autism spectrum. However, as autistic self-advocates have pointed out, awareness is not the same as acceptance. Despite widespread awareness, we have not reached an inclusive society for autistic individuals or for disabled individuals, in general. A current direction of my research investigates peoples’ attitudes toward the autism spectrum and disability. In this talk, I will present data examining explicit or conscious attitudes. Possible negative explicit associations with the autism spectrum and disability are concerning as they reflect ableist attitudes at a conscious and controllable level.

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autism spectrum, disability, explicit attitudes, word associations, ableism, acceptance


Disability Studies | Psychology


Delivered as a faculty Baden presentation with an introduction by Dr. Mark Schneider, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Ursinus College.

The downloadable .mp4 file has a run time of 1 hour and 5 minutes.

Based on research conducted with Theresa G. Mowad and published in Autism in Adulthood, Volume 1, Number 4, December 13, 2019.

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The contents of this presentation are for educational purposes only.

Explicit Associations With Autism and Disability


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