About this Research Topic
Many of the issues that are important to autistic people are similar to the issues that matter to most people; including things like better healthcare and education, healthy relationships, and what happens when we get older. There is also a growing focus on understanding autistic experiences in these areas. We are now seeing more research led by autistic researchers, with some of the research teams led by non-Autistic people moving towards participatory research and co-design.
In addition, we’ve seen the development of research into issues that are more specific to autistic people, including: increased knowledge of how autistic people can present in different ways and how this might contribute towards being missed and mis-diagnosed; understanding co-occurring conditions; understanding the causes of co-occurring mental health conditions and the best therapies for autistic people; how to improve sleep; how to support autistic learners in the classroom; recognizing autistic burnout; and the need for Autistic people to be valued, respected and presumed to be competent.
We invite submissions which span a range of themes including (but not limited to): mental and physical health and wellbeing, education, sex and gender, relationships, and ageing. We particularly welcome research produced by, or with, autistic people. As we are focussed on research which enhances our understanding the autistic community, we ask authors to be mindful of their language and to avoid ableist and deficit focussed descriptions. We recommend that authors read Avoiding Ableist Language: Suggestions for Autism Researchers
Kristen Bottema-Beutel, Steven K. Kapp, Jessica Nina Lester, Noah J. Sasson, and Brittany N. Hand (2020)
Autism in Adulthood 0 0:0
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Original Research Report, Systematic Review, Methods, Review, Mini Review, Policy and Practice Reviews, Hypothesis and Theory, Perspectives, Community Case Study, Conceptual Analysis, Curriculum Instruction and Pedagogy, Data Report, Policy Briefs, Brief Research Report, and Opinion
Keywords: Autism, Neurodiversity, Mental Health, Sex, Gender, Healthcare, Ageing, Education
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