1st Edition

Autism Perspectives from Africa (Volume I)

    274 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is written at a time of a paradigm shift in the African continent where dependence on western epistemologies and ontologies are giving way to African indigenous knowledge systems. Africa has been an importer of knowledge from the west since time immemorial and this book contributes to the body of knowledge on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from the African perspective. As a result, decoloniality and Inclusive Education have gained traction within the academic discourse, with University of South Africa (UNISA) hosting decoloniality annual conference and a summer school to stimulate academic discussions and debates with a focus on African indigenous knowledge systems and theoretical lenses as opposed to the western epistemologies.

    The book also demystifies some of the misconceptions that children with ASD are a curse and punishment from God or gods. Among others, Ubuntu seems to be the dominant theoretical framework underpinning some of the research studies reported in this book.

    Chapter 1: An Afrocentric perspective on Inclusive Education and Ubuntu

    Chapter 2: Framing Autism

    Chapter 3: Early Identification and Curriculum Differentiation for Learners with Autism

    Chapter 4: Religion and Autism: Integrating the Person with Autism into a Community

    Chapter 5: Voices and Views of Senior Students with ASD

    Chapter 6: Learners with ASD in a Rural Context

    Chapter 7: Technology Opening New Worlds for those with Autism – an Overview

    Chapter 8: Partnerships for Autism in the Zimbabwean Inclusive Education System

    Chapter 9: Parents and community partnerships in educating children with ASD as an Inclusive Education strategy

    Chapter 10: ASD: Adolescents and Sexual Experiences in Rural Mpumalanga

    Chapter 11: Classroom Assessment of Learners with Autism – Implications for Educators

    Chapter 12: Autism and inclusion

    Chapter 13: Autism and the Law

    A Preliminary Conclusion: Trends in ASD Research in South(ern) Africa

    Appendix: Autism-related organisations in South Africa


    Mary G Clasquin-Johnson (ORCID: 0000-0002-0750-6579) is a senior lecturer in the Department of Inclusive Education at the University of South Africa, and the grant holder of the Women in Research grant from which this volume originates.

    Dikeledi Mahlo (ORCID: 0000-0002-1793-4382) chairs the Department of Inclusive Education at the University of South Africa.

    Michel Clasquin-Johnson (ORCID: 0000-0003-2780-9718) is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Arabic at the University of South Africa.