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Talking about autism-thoughts for researchers

John Elder Robison
Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research 2019, 12 (7): 1004-1006
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At the 2019 strategic planning meeting the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) board discussed the question of appropriate language to be used when speaking or writing about autism or affected individuals. Board members articulated a wide range of views on this subject, making clear that there is no single simple answer. This commentary was inspired by that discussion. It is by John Elder Robison who is both an INSAR board member and an individual diagnosed with autism. Autism Res 2019, 12: 1004-1006. © 2019 International Society for Autism Research, Wiley Periodicals, Inc. LAY SUMMARY: How should researchers talk about autism? Personal reflections on writing and speaking about autism, with particular regard for affected individuals, be they autistic people, people with autism, or family members. This commentary is authored by John Elder Robison who is both an INSAR board member and an individual diagnosed with autism.

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