What Does Inclusion Mean in Research and Scholarship on Autism in Adulthood?
Autism in Adulthood
The pace of research is notoriously slow. Cultural change in academia can be even slower. But sometimes we get to witness—and possibly contribute to—what may seem like a sea change or tipping point. There are days when I am convinced we have reached such a tipping point with regard to the inclusion of autistic adults in research and scholarship. In some ways, I could never have imagined how quickly the autism field would change—in a positive direction—over the past decade. And yet there are others days when I am filled with apprehension and questions: what does inclusion even mean? How much of the current rhetoric is authentic? What are the potential harms of researchers just trying to “jump on the bandwagon” of inclusion? How do we include the entire autism spectrum? What is the role of those of us who have fiercely pushed for inclusion, but are not on the spectrum ourselves?
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Christina Nicolaidis.Autism in Adulthood.Jun 2019.79-81.http://doi.org/10.1089/aut.2019.29001.cjn