Autism: Perspectives from Africa. Volume 1


Mary Clasquin-Johnson
University of South Africa
Dikeledi Mahlo
University of South Africa
Michel Clasquin
University of South Africa


Currently there is 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, in order 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 demystifies some of the misconceptions that children with ASD are a curse and punishment from God or gods. Among others, Ubuntu is  the dominant theoretical framework underpinning some of the research studies reported in this book. A range of topics are covered - from religion, inclusive education, law, and how disabled children were handled and placed in special schools, before inclusive eduction gained support.

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Author Biographies

Mary Clasquin-Johnson, University of South Africa
Mary Clasquin-Johnson is a Senior Lecturer in die Department of Inclusive Education at the University of South Africa.
Dikeledi Mahlo, University of South Africa

Prof Dikheledi Mahlo lectures at the University of South Africa in the Department of Inclusive Education.

Michel Clasquin, University of South Africa

Michel Clasquin is a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of South Africa.

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December 12, 2020