Autism and the use of Metaphor in Parent Memoirs

I examine the use of metaphors in three narratives written by parents of children diagnosed with autism. My interest in these narratives is how parents use metaphors to explain their child’s behavior and the impact of autism. I argue that certain metaphors in these narratives resist a deficit oriented understanding of autism in favor of an ideology that is consistent with the idea of neurodiversity. Gain an understanding of the longstanding relationship between disability and metaphor. Identify common metaphors used in autism literature. Assess the impact of both positive and negative metaphors in parent memoirs about autism.

Justin Freedman