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Exploring what being ‘authentically autistic’ means

I read the recent psychology article on being 'authentically autistic' with interest. The current climate seems the most accepting to date, in which to be authentic in this way. The current '#bekind' movement, the increasing acceptance of minority groups, and the...

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Autism rights and legislation

This article looks at the legislation concerning autism – for anyone hoping to access support for themselves or their families, it is important to familiarise oneself with it. Please note that the National Autistic Society (NAS) has extensive information at the...

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What is neurodiversity, in the context of autism?

It is worth exploring what neurodiversity means, in the context of autism. Many adult autists that support the neurodiversity paradigm don't need the concept spelling out, but we here at Spectra.blog, we have many more people that are 'new' to the world of autism...

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‘Will the family understand an autism diagnosis?’

A mum we know whose child may be autistic was recently asked whether her parents, the child's grandparents, would understand an autism diagnosis. The mum wasn't sure, and her companion remarked that she doubted the grandparents would understand. The connotations were...

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