Dana Lee Baker

California State University Channel Islands
Program in Political Science

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Camarillo, CA
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Dr. Baker’s primary research interests surround disability policy design, particularly as disability functions as an element of diversity and in policy addressing neurological difference.

Baker, Dana Lee and Laurie A. Drapela. (2010). Mostly the Mother: Concentration of Adverse Employment Effects on Mothers of Children with Autism. The Social Science Journal 47(3): 578-592.
Abstract: Creating comprehensive and effective social welfare and anti-poverty policy is an ever-elusive task. A key component of such policies and their related programs is the encouragement and protection of parents' employment. However, such efforts become more complicated when families are faced with additional challenges such as difficulties, which may arise when parenting a child with a disability. Although both paid employment and parenting are widely understood as far from gender-neutral activities, how adverse employment effects become concentrated on mothers is less well understood. This article examines circumstances under which negative employment effects become concentrated on mothers of children with autism. The results of the analysis suggest focusing policy on addressing short term threats to the continued success of established careers and on workplace reentry could help counter factors which tend to result in having mothers' careers disproportionately affected as a result of having a child with a disability.
DOI: 10.1016/j.soscij.2010.01.013
Baker, Dana Lee. (2010). An Elephant’s Eye View of the Mouse: American Impressions of Canadian Governance." International Political Science Review, 31(2): 129-139.
Abstract: Canada and the United States share a border with one of the longest peaceful existencies in the world. Yet relationships between the two countries, while seemingly routine, often lack transparency and mutual comprehension. Of particular concern in Canada is a growing impression that public discourse in the United States considers Canadian governance to be flawed. This article employs the cases of terrorism and SARS to examine discourse regarding Canadian public administration in the United States press. The results of this analysis not only demonstrate elements of the American understanding of Canada but also speak to the role of peer nations in domestic policy discourse.
URL: http://ips.sagepub.com/content/31/2/129.short
Baker, Dana Lee and Trudy Steuernagel. (2009). "Comparative Policy Entrepreneurship: The Case of Autism Related Policy in North America." Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 11(2): 233-248.
Abstract: Policy entrepreneurs are expected players in modern democracy. Nevertheless, the relationship between political context and successful policy entrepreneurship has been incompletely addressed. This is particularly the case when it comes to public health issues. We examine comparative policy entrepreneurship by comparing the emergence of policy entrepreneurs surrounding autism in Canada and the United States. Our study of federal autism policy in Canada and the United States finds that policy entrepreneurs in the two countries created different public problems and policy linkages to address the same emerging social condition.
URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13876980902888103#.VEggrha9b0Q
Baker, Dana Lee. (2009). "Bridging the Deficiency Divide: Expressions of Non-Deficiency Models of Disability in Health Care." Disability Studies Quarterly, 29(2).
Abstract: Modern disability theory is based on non-deficiency based models of disability. However, progress in the construction of disability theory outside medicine may have outpaced the uptake of new paradigms of disability by health care professionals. Incomplete rejection of deficiency models of disability is expected by disability scholars and activists to routinely occur in health care scholarship and settings, thereby curtailing the influence of disability studies on the daily lives of individuals both with and without disabilities. Although this anticipated theoretical gap is frequently noted, it has been less often empirically examined. Using data collected from a survey of parents and primary caregivers with autism, this article employs the case of autism to examine the manifestation of non-deficiency based models of disability in health care settings and interactions. The results of the study indicate some uptake of non-deficiency based models of disability.
URL: http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/919
Baker, Dana Lee. (2008). "Issue Definition in Rights Based Policy Focused on the Experiences of Individuals with Disabilities: An Examination of Canadian Parliamentary Discourse." Disability & Society, 23(6): 571-584.
Abstract: In issue definition in rights-based policy Canada stereotypically embraces a more positive, human rights-centered approach as compared with the American stereotype associated with the USA's more presumptively negative, civil rights-based tack. Since exclusionary infrastructures violate the core values of democratic governance, a failure to address unnecessarily exclusive infrastructures presents a rights-based public challenge surrounding disability akin to those experienced by other non-elite groups. Analysis of disability policy serves to clarify positive versus negative tendencies in rights-based policy, including whether the expectation of a primarily positive basis in Canada is confirmed. This article examines the definition of public dimensions of the experiences of individuals with autism as a case reflecting the basis of construction of rights in Canada.
URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09687590802328428?journalCode=cdso20#preview
DOI: 10.1080/09687590802328428
Baker, Dana Lee and Lael Keiser. (2008). "The Role of Nonprofits in Shaping the Civil Rights Understanding of Disability in Families of Children with Autism." Review of Disability Studies, 3(4): 53-63.
Abstract: Challenges associated with disability are increasingly linked to civil rights oriented policy solutions. Nevertheless, public policy theory suggests that issue definition includes competitive promotion of preferred linkages of problem definitions to policy solutions among stakeholders. In this article, we use the case of autism to examine the role of nonprofits in shaping understandings of disability.
URL: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CB4QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rds.hawaii.edu%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2014%2F06%2FRDSv04iss03.doc&ei=NClIVPeBA6SaigLQ_oCgDQ&usg=AFQjCNF-AMNVDQAQ5pXOozl7mXpS8BGATg&sig2=Wk0ZDeRSBcDsKjN1XlLgyQ&bvm=bv.77880786,d.cGE
Tuman, John, Danielle Roth-Johnson, Dana Lee Baker, and Jennifer Vecchio. (2008). "Autism and Special Education Policy in Mexico." Global Health Governance, 2(1).
Abstract: In recent years, a great deal of scholarship has examined the adequacy of special education and other support services for children with disabilities in the U.S. and in other industrialized states. By contrast, there has been comparatively little study of services for children with disabilities in developing countries. In this paper, we attempt to bridge this gap in the literature. Focusing on the case of Mexico, we examine the provision of special education and other support services, and the availability and cost of private services. The focus of the analysis is on children with autism. Drawing upon a theoretical approach that combines modern political economy and comparative institutionalism, we also develop a tentative explanation of the politics of policy making among parents and other stakeholders in the autism advocacy community.
URL: http:// http://ghgj.org/Tuman_2.1.autisminmexico.htm
Baker, Dana Lee and Shannon Daily Stokes. (2007). "Brain Politics: Aspects of Administration in the Comparative Issue Definition of Autism Related Policy." Public Administration Review, 67(4): 757-767.
Abstract: The construction of public problems has a lasting influence on implementation in a given policy subsystem. National and sociopolitical contexts influence issue definition differently across nations. However, the degree to which nation-specific issue definition takes place has been insufficiently explored. In recent years, the growing incidence of autism has led to a quest for causal factors. One hypothesis posits that the use of mercury in vaccines may be a culprit. This paper examines the definition of the mercury and autism issue in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Insights into the comparative elements of issue definition are suggested by the case. These insights are of particular importance to administrators, as agencies are deeply involved as objects and actors in the process of issue definition and are often responsible for implementing new and redefined policies.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2007.00758.x
Sharpe, Deanna and Dana Lee Baker. (2007). "Financial Problems Associated with Having a Child with Autism: How Financial Advisers Can Help." Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 22(2): 247-264.
Abstract: Data from the Family Experiences with Autism Survey are used to identify factors associated with financial problems in families that have a child with autism. Likelihood of financial problems was positively associated with use of medical interventions, having unreimbursed medical or therapy expenses, and having relatively lower income. Use of speech and language therapy was negatively associated with likelihood of financial problems. Many survey respondents forfeited future financial security and even experienced bankruptcy to provide needed therapy for a child with autism. Specific ways that financial advisors can help families that have a child with autism are outlined.
URL: http:// http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10834-007-9059-6
DOI: 10.1007/s10834-007-9059-6
Baker, Dana Lee. (2007). "Defining Autism in Canada: Unfolding the Public Aspects of Neurological Disability." The Social Science Journal, 44: 687-697.
Abstract: Modern disability policy seeks a balance between individual and social responsibility for disability. Striking this balance involves redefining issues related to disability. This article presents an analysis of the issue definition process on autism in Canada. The findings suggest although autism became an increasingly present issue in public discourse in Canada during the last 20 years, no specific aspect of the autism experience became defined as an urgent public problem. Furthermore, public discourse surrounding autism focuses on health care, challenging ongoing development of rights-based disability policy.
URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0362331907001139
DOI: 10.1016/j.soscij.2007.10.010
Baker, Dana Lee. (2007). "Differential Definitions of Fear and Foreignness: The Case of SARS in North America." International Journal of Public Administration 30(12).
Abstract: Sudden threats to the health of the general population resulting from international interaction potentially foster public communication dominated by fear of the foreign, illuminating aspects of modern democracies. This article examines public issue definition surrounding SARS as a case of emerging public health risks in North America. The analysis suggests sustained differentiation of the process in Canada and the United States with limited tendencies toward fear based policy solutions. This restraint may be related to the thus far unexplained luck the United States experienced with regard to the spread of SARS.
DOI: 10.1080/01900690701465301
Baker, Dana Lee. (2007). "Children’s Disability Policy in a Global World: A Question of Convergence." International Journal of Public Administration, 29(4-6).
Abstract: As was symbolically demonstrated by their agreement to the United Nations Salamanca Statement on the Education of All Disabled Children, the governments of Canada, the United States, and Mexico share the goal of improving opportunities for children and youth with disabilities. This article examines the convergence of dominant ideologies of policies targeting opportunities for children with disabilities in Canada, the United States, and Mexico during the last years of the 20th century. This policy arena is used as a case study for social policies evolved and constructed during an era of formulation of international trade agreements.
DOI: 10.1080/01900690500436990
Baker, Dana Lee. (2006). "Autism as Public Policy." Critical Disability Theory: Essays in Philosophy, Politics, Policy, and Law. Dianne Pothier and Richard Devlin, editors. UBC Press.
Abstract: People with disabilities in Canada inhabit a system of deep structural, economic, social, political, legal, and cultural inequality -- a regime of dis-citizenship. Despite the widespread belief that Canada is a country of liberty, equality, and inclusiveness, many persons with disabilities experience social exclusion and marginalization. They are socially constructed as second-class citizens. Conventional understandings of disability are dependent on assumptions that characterize disability as misfortune and by implication privilege the "normal" over the "abnormal." Consequently, it is presumed that societal organization based upon able-bodied and -minded norms is inevitable and that the best we can do is show sympathy or pity. The essays Critical Disability Theory contend instead that achieving equality for the disabled is not fundamentally a question of medicine or health, nor is it an issue of sensitivity or compassion. Rather, it is a question of politics, and of power and powerlessness.
URL: http://www.ubcpress.com/search/title_book.asp?BookID=4522
Baker, Dana Lee and Shannon Daily Stokes. (2006). "Comparative Issue Definition in Public Health: West Nile Virus, Mad Cow Disease in Blood Products, and Stem Cell Research." Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 8(1).
Abstract: Differential issue definition might be expected to be most prevalent in domestic policy such as health care, education and social welfare policy. However, in the context of globalization, there is rising concern that issue definition will become homogenized. A comparative analysis of whether nation-specific issue definition takes place is key to understanding the nature of policy transfer, convergence and divergence. In this article, issue definition of three issues drawn from the continuum of public health challenges is examined: West Nile Virus; the potential for mad cow disease to infect donated blood and blood products; and stem cell research. Our comparative analysis of issue definition revealed heterogeneous experiences of modern public challenges demonstrating both dissonance and difference in national conceptions of risk, science and public health in even the most modern of public health challenges.
DOI: 10.1080/13876980500513491
Baker, Dana Lee. (2006). "Neurodiversity and the Public Sector: Notes on the Autism Spectrum." Disability & Society, 8(1).
Abstract: Neurodiversity and neurological disabilities reflect rising public sector challenges. Both refer to the same set of medical conditions, but speak to different aspects of diversity affecting the public sector. Neurodiversity describes features of neurological difference associated with individual or community identity that is a more or less elective choice of those experiencing neurological difference. Neurological disability refers to impairment of socially determined major life functions caused by observable, diagnosable difference in an individual's brain. Both neurodiversity and neurological disability produce challenges and opportunities for public programs and societies. This article employs findings from a survey of families with children with autism to examine administrative implications of neurodiversity and neurological disability. The findings suggest that in managing new (and rising) kinds of diversity, public administrators must navigate sharpening divides between interests related to inclusion and those related to identity.
DOI: 10.1080/09687590500373734
Baker, Dana Lee and Angela Marie Meers. (2005). "Disability and Nutrition Therapy: Governmental Communication in the Information Age." Disability Studies Quarterly, 25(1).
Abstract: In the current era of increasing public involvement in governance, how information is communicated is a rapidly changing arena of government power and responsibility. Put differently, communication of information can be studied as an element of the socially-constructed public infrastructure. The government's role in providing information to the public is especially interesting to examine when the content of the information is subject to scientific debate. One such area of debate involves nutritional therapies for children with disabilities or chronic illness. This article examines how state agencies serving children with disabilities or chronic illness communicate knowledge of nutrition therapies to parents or primary caregivers.
URL: http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/529/706
Wechsler, Barton and Dana Lee Baker (2004). "Going Camping: A New Strategy for Preparing Academically Diverse Students." Journal of Public Affairs Education, 10(1).
Abstract: Students enrolling in public affairs come from increasingly diverse academic backgrounds, and, although that diversity is a valuable asset, it represents a challenge for institutions, faculty, and students. Many students from nontraditional backgrounds lack adequate preparation in the public affairs foundation: American government, political science, mathematics, statistics, and economics. The authors examine the common strategies that programs use to ensure that students have an appropriate knowledge base before beginning a graduate program, and then describe and evaluate a tactic referred to as "camping"--intenstive instruction outside the regular academic year. Based on a study of the Web sites of sixty NASPAA-affiliated programs, the authors find that camping, although not yet a widely adopted preparation method, is a promising approach to leveling the playing field for incoming students. They conclude that institutions and students would be best served by multiple methods of preparing students for graduate study in public affairs.
URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40215634
Baker, Dana Lee and Eva Marie Stahl (2004). "The Case of Interagency Coordinating Councils: Examining Collaboration in Services for Children with Disabilities." Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 15(3).
Abstract: Children with disabilities often require a variety of services to develop to their full potential. Currently, centralized services and residential institutions have become less accepted as a matter of course. Interagency Coordinating Councils (ICCs) were created to lead integration of services for children with disabilities in the context of decentralized service provision and a growing preference for person-centered, community-based services. In this article, the authors examine the federal ICC and several state ICCs in a case study of the challenges associated with orchestrating multilevel interagency collaboration. Emergent themes of interorganizational infrastructure, the shaping of participation, and service purposes and priorities are discussed as important elements of the ongoing creation of a new governance of services for children with disabilities.
URL: http://dps.sagepub.com/content/15/3/168.refs
DOI: 10.1177/10442073040150030501
Baker, Dana Lee (2004). "Public Policy and the Shaping of Disability: Incidence Growth in Educational Autism." Education Policy Analysis Archives 12(11).
Abstract: Autism has gained the attention of policy makers and public administrators in recent years. The surge in prevalence, in tandem with a growing social preference for community inclusion of individuals with disabilities, strains a variety of policy infrastructures. Autism and related disorders, which were first described in 1943, were originally thought to be extremely low incidence and usually coincident with mental retardation. In accordance with the disability policy paradigm of the era, public services for autism were provided predominantly in institutional settings. Since then, however, autism and related disorders have come to be understood as more common than was originally thought and more rarely associated with mental retardation. In this article, shift-share analysis is used to gain insight into how the growth in autism incidence is being differentially experienced and recorded within a single arena of policy across the United States. The challenges associated with a sudden growth in supply (that is the number of children with autism), while unique to autism in some respects, include aspects that are similar for other disabilities and in policy challenges in other arenas. Especially since the implementation of the Government Performance Results Act of 1996, there is increased pressure to create public policy infrastructures that are anchored by clearly cut categorical service delivery. If the categories themselves leave significant room for interpretation and their use actually has a shaping effect on the target population, then it is important to administration and policy evaluation to understand how the effect is playing out.
URL: http://epaa.asu.edu/ojs/article/view/166
Baker, Dana Lee (2004). "Children’s Disability Policy in a Global World: A Question of Convergence." International Public Policy and Management Policy Learning Beyond Regional, Cultural, and Political Boundaries. David Levi-Faur and Eran Vigoda, editors. Dekker.
Abstract: An impressive study of economic, state, social, and international restructuring, International Public Policy and Management explores new patterns and advances in the global integration of policies that result from an ever-increasing pace of shared knowledge, regulations, and norms in countries around the globe. It considers the impact of globalized knowledge on society and its effects on societal norms, values, and quality of life and contains up-to-date theories and practices for both scholars and practitioners interested in policy development and implementation. This book helps administrators create improved strategic management policies and political arrangements in modern, rapidly changing communities and environments. This volume is essential for all practitioners and public service managers, public and government administrators, political scientists, sociologists, and public policy and public management specialists, and upper-level undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in political science, sociology, public affairs, and political development.
URL: http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9780203997284
Baker, Dana Lee and Mark Stephan (2014). Mad Cow Disease and Public Policy: Governance, Risk, and the Politics of Science. Science and Politics: An A-to-Z Guide to Issues and Controversies, Brent Steel, editor. CQ Press.
Abstract: Recent partisan squabbles over science in the news are indicative of a larger tendency for scientific research and practice to get entangled in major ideological divisions in the public arena. This politicization of science is deepened by the key role government funding plays in scientific research and development, the market leading position of U.S.-based science and technology firms, and controversial U.S. exports (such as genetically modified foods or hormone-injected livestock). This groundbreaking, one-volume, A-to-Z reference features 120-150 entries that explore the nexus of politics and science, both in the United States and in U.S. interactions with other nations.
URL: http://www.cqpress.com/product/Science-and-Politics-An-A-to-Z-Guide.html
Drapela, Laurie and Dana Lee Baker (2014). Policy Awareness, Financial Hardship, and Work Impact: Correlates of Negative Experiences with Health Care Providers and Health Care Insurers among Caregivers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sage Open.
Abstract: Individuals with disabilities often report difficulty interacting with health care professionals. Addressing this challenge requires greater understanding of factors that exacerbate the odds of negative interactions between health care providers and patients with disabilities. Drawing on the qualitative research describing the features of such incidents, we use logistic regression to explore two dimensions of this dynamic: negative experiences with health care providers (e.g., doctors, specialists) and negative experiences with health insurance carriers (e.g., for profit or non-profit health insurance organizations). Using a non-probability sample of American families who have a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), we find that negative experiences with health care providers are associated with the family’s income level, as well as changes in parental labor force participation. The odds of a negative interaction with the insurance carrier are intensified when the family experiences financial difficulties and when they have a negative experience with the health care provider. Finally, families who are aware of laws and policies regarding ASD also report increased odds of negative experiences with their insurance carrier but not their health care provider. Policy implications of our findings are discussed.
URL: http://sgo.sagepub.com/content/4/3/2158244014553212
DOI: 10.1177/2158244014553212
Baker, Dana Lee and Cassandra Rasmussen. (2013). Behavior or Dynamics?: Examining the Political Philosophy of Autism Policy in Québec. Québec Studies, Winter 2013: 167-9186.
Abstract: This article examines political philosophies underlying policy design related to autism spectrum disorders (hereinafter referred to as autism) in modern Québec as an exploratory, theory building case study. In particular, the article considers the degree to which autism policy design in Québec reflects the psychodynamic tradition in psychology (more prevalent in France) as compared to the behaviorist tradition (more prevalent in the United States and English-speaking Canada) using legislative discourse between March 1999 and August 2011 as a guiding case study. This empirical (though preliminary) exercise serves two main purposes. First, it contributes to our understanding of how Québec's policy development reflects an exceptional cultural history as compared to the rest of Canada and the United States. Second, it contributes to a quite unsettled discussion present in many social sciences as to the degree to which context (in this case the psychodynamic tradition) or individual character (in this case the behaviorist tradition) predominates in the public experience of disability (McRuer and Bérubé).
URL: http://www.acqs.org/qc_studies_journal/table_of_contents.html
Baker, Dana Lee (2013). Use of Science in Autism Policy Development. Open Journal of Political Science.
Abstract: Though ultimately beneficial to society, interactions between science and politics require careful tending. Because science is an exercise in trial and error, public policy development can be affected by both scientific missteps and the length of time it takes to produce reasonable scientific certainty. Introduction of scientific findings, especially more preliminary ones, into the political process has a mixed record. Understanding how these tensions play out in contemporary politics is important for both disability studies and policy studies generally. This article explores how science and scientific evidence is employed by stakeholders engaged with autism policy development in the United States.
URL: http:// http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=27154#.VEgV8ha9b0Q
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ojps.2013.31001
Baker, Dana Lee and Lila Walsh (2013). Divided or Opposed?: Use of Level of Functioning Arguments in Autism Related Political Discourse. Worlds of Autism: Across the Spectrum of Neurological Difference. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Abstract: Amid controversies about the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of autism, a timely collection of new and critical perspectives on how the disorder is understood and represented Bringing together innovative work on autism by international scholars in the social sciences and humanities, Worlds of Autism boldly challenges the deficit narrative prevalent in both popular and scientific accounts of autism spectrum disorders. A major contribution to this emerging, interdisciplinary field, it situates autism within an abilities framework that respects the complex personhood of individuals with autism.
URL: http://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/worlds-of-autism
Baker, Dana Lee (2013). Neurodiversity. Mental Health Care Issues in America: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO
Abstract: Americans are becoming more cognizant of the importance of mental wellness as incidents of bullying, random shootings, and eating disorders pervade our society. This comprehensive resource provides an expansive overview of mental health and illness in the United States, analyzing the current state of the health care system, and objectively examining the therapies and treatment options traditionally recommended by the medical community. Mental Health Care Issues in America: An Encyclopedia covers major mental disorders, theories, and treatments; delves into major advances and ongoing controversies in the field; and shares the most current research on the subject in varied disciplines, including ethnic studies, criminal justice, education, and social work. Each entry features a clear definition of the issue along with a brief review of its history. Additionally, the author situates the material within the mental health field, as well as within society in general. Organized alphabetically, topics include advocacy, legal issues, media portrayals of psychological disorders, and homelessness and mental illness.
URL: http://www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOCorporate/product.aspx?pc=A3694C
Baker, Dana Lee and Trudy Steuernagel (2012). Comparative Canadian and U.S. Autism Policy: A Narrative Analysis. Review of Disability Studies 8(4): 5-18.
Abstract: This article examines autism policy narratives in Canada and the United States. In both nations, meta-narratives emerged, establishing federal autism policy. Whereas the stories associated with these meta-narratives shared starting points, the stories unfolded in nationally distinct ways.
URL: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CCUQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rds.hawaii.edu%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2014%2F06%2FRDSv08iss04.doc&ei=SxhIVPOjN8P8igK3_IDgCw&usg=AFQjCNGxmSJ1ASuLFHP-FlecM9Z22dm1nA&sig2=ZIrQBOkyZAYf8RSzOCesYQ&bvm=bv.77880786,d.cGE
Baker, Dana Lee. (2011). The Politics of Neurodiversity: Why Public Policy Matters. Boulder, Co: Lynne Rienner Publishers.
Abstract: The Politics of Neurodiversity presents a taxonomy of agendas shaping modern disability policy: cause, care, cure, and celebration. These distinct agendas create tensions that both help and hinder the development of effective disability policy in modern democracies. By taking the reader through the implications of each of these tensions, the book conveys a comprehensive framework from which to study the politics and policy of neurodiversity and neurological differences.
URL: https://www.rienner.com/title/The_Politics_of_Neurodiversity_Why_Public_Policy_Matters
Sharpe, Deanna and Dana Lee Baker. (2011). The Financial Side of Autism: Private and Public Costs. A Comprehensive Book on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech.
Abstract: A Comprehensive Book on Autism Spectrum Disorders The aim of the book is to serve for clinical, practical, basic and scholarly practices. In twentyfive chapters it covers the most important topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorders in the efficient way and aims to be useful for health professionals in training or clinicians seeking an update. Different people with autism can have very different symptoms. Autism is considered to be a "spectrum" disorder, a group of disorders with similar features. Some people may experience merely mild disturbances, while the others have very serious symptoms. This book is aimed to be used as a textbook for child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training and will serve as a reference for practicing psychologists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, general psychiatrists, pediatricians, child neurologists, nurses, social workers and family physicians.
URL: http://www.intechopen.com/books/a-comprehensive-book-on-autism-spectrum-disorders
DOI: 10.5772/975

Substantive Focus:
Education Policy
Governance SECONDARY
Health Policy
Social Policy PRIMARY
Comparative Public Policy

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY