Autism pp 133-165 | Cite as

Self-Advocacy vs. the Rise of the Medical Model

  • Mitzi Waltz


In 1990, Bruno Bettelheim committed suicide. Although he had not been an active practitioner in the autism field for many years, it seemed as though this event finally gave critics a chance to step out from his shadow. What followed was more than the reappraisal of a life’s work that usually follows the death of a prominent person: it was a public excoriation that included revelations that Bettelheim had falsified his personal and educational background, and published distorted and fabricated research (Pollak, 1997).


Down Syndrome Intellectual Disability Autistic Child Medical Model Asperger Syndrome 
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© Mitzi Waltz 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mitzi Waltz
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  1. 1.Sheffield Hallam UniversityUK

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