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Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome in the Law Student – Making Accommodations in Academic Assessments.

Lane, Jackie and Kelly, Rebecca (2012) Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome in the Law Student – Making Accommodations in Academic Assessments. In: 47th Annual Conference (Re)assessing Legal Education, 1st April - 3rd April 2012, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, UK.

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      What is autism?
      High-functioning autism (HFA) and Asperger syndrome (AS) are autism spectrum
      disorders (ASDs) characterised by disturbances in social interaction, both verbal and
      non-verbal communication and repetitive and/or restrictive behaviour since early
      childhood. As the name suggests, it is a spectrum condition and therefore the range
      of symptoms and their severity is very wide; the symptoms which appear (generally
      during early childhood and adolescence1) will differ significantly from person to
      person. The main difference between autism and AS is thought to be in language
      development, in that those with AS will not have had delayed language development
      when younger. However, trying to fit a person into a particular sub-group is not
      helpful, and all persons with ASD should be assessed for their abilities and
      difficulties rather than being overly concerned with whether they have autism or AS.
      Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates
      with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world
      around them. For reasons not yet fully understood, ASD affects approximately four
      times as many males as females.2

      Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
      Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
      K Law > K Law (General)
      L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
      Schools: The Business School
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      Depositing User: Sara Taylor
      Date Deposited: 10 May 2012 10:12
      Last Modified: 10 May 2012 10:15


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