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Belinda Brooks-Gordon and Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199211395

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211395.001.0001

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Psychology as Reconstituted by Education and Law: The Case of Children with Autism

Psychology as Reconstituted by Education and Law: The Case of Children with Autism

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(p.382) 22 Psychology as Reconstituted by Education and Law: The Case of Children with Autism
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Law and Psychology
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Michael King

Diane King

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211395.003.0022

This chapter examines the way that legal decisions concerning the education of children with autism (and other special educational needs) are able to overcome any shortfalls in existing psychological understanding by giving the impression that these decisions are underpinned by a sound body of knowledge. This enables courts and tribunals to claim that they are doing justice, while at the same time conveying the impression that the right educational decision has been made for the child. By applying a theoretical approach that concentrates on the interfaces between different social systems, the chapter raises difficult questions concerning both law's claim to ‘do justice’ for children with autism and their parents, and the assertion that courts and tribunals are capable of meeting the educational needs of these children.

Keywords:   autism, special education, legal decisions, autistic children, justice

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