Thursday, November 1, 2012

What Do Autistic People Want From Science?

Today is Autistics Speaking Day, developed in response to an ill-conceived fundraising campaign from 2010 asking people to stop communicating so they could experience being autistic (!). On any day, you get a daily dose of stories about autism-related scientific findings, but how many of these articles include autistic voices? Equally as important, how much autism research focuses on – or even asks – what autistic people themselves, the ultimate consumers of the science, would like to see scientists emphasize?

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