Dismantling Ableism Through Literature - A Prismatic Study On Rules By Cynthia Lord.
Keywords:Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD), Disability Studies in American literature, Ableism, Constructing Normalcy.
The visible and invisible differences among people make them dynamic and unique. Based on appearance and behavior a few people are termed as disabled. The potential of those people does not rely on their appearance and behavior. It mainly depends on their contribution to their family and society. Being physically or mentally impaired doesn't make anyone disabled. Autistic Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder and children with this disorder function differently normal but most times their behavior is termed differently than normal. Living with an autistic family member is not a cakewalk but it is not a Herculean task. America is a pioneering country in keeping impaired people socially and politically comfortable through the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990. As a result, many American writers laid their focus on portraying the difficulties in the lives of people with special needs and their family members. First and foremost, they have to realize the differences and accept them. Cynthia Lord’s Rules is the best novel that captures the struggles of Catherine in accepting her Autistic sibling and a wheelchair-bound friend. She overcame a lot of internal storms to live with a differently normal family member. This paper explores the difficulties, pleasure, and happiness in living with an Autistic family member and it also aims to reveal the fact that disability is not a barrier for human relationships and happiness.