Autism advocacy and research misses the mark if autistic people are left out

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Autistic people have been routinely misunderstood, ignored, and excluded for decades – including from campaigns designed to promote awareness of autism itself.

But this is beginning to change.

  • Liz Pellicano
  • The Conversation

Autistic self-advocacy organisations and autistic activists have long criticised autism awareness initiatives.

The criticism is they too often emphasise the “deficits”, or difficulties of autism, rather than the profound possibilities of autistic lives.

Perso 1aIn part, this is because those campaigns are designed by non-autistic people, rather than by autistic people themselves.

This has led to sustained activism to change the emphasis and shift the balance of power, including within the…

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