At the Fringe of Reason

Tannice Pendegrass

Wednesday, August 22 2012 at 8:30PM

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29-35 Niddry Street

Tannice Pendegrass

What's the talk about?

Tannice firstly aims to take you through different definitions of autism, cultural representations and the results of her survey, asking over 700 people about their perceptions of what causes and 'cures' autism (spoiler: we don't know and, currently, nothing). 

The second part of the talk focuses on 'the bad' and 'the ugly'. Tannice will briefly cover the MMR scandal, but this is not the main focus of her 'bad' or 'ugly' section: the subject that Tannice reserves the most ire for is the toxic and sometimes downright dangerous 'treatments' many children must endure. Asking the question 'what's the harm?' has never been more important. 

The third part of the talk is for 'the good', focusing on ABA or Applied Behavioural Analysis; the gold standard for aiding those on the spectrum.  From Kim Peek (the inspiration for rain man) to Jenny McCarthy (an anti-vaccination campaigner), this talk will give you a broad overview of Autism, Autism interventions and why cultural representations of Autism are usually wrong. You’ll also find out why a horse died when he was being treated in a chamber normally reserved for divers suffering from the Bends.