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On the ontological status of autism: the ‘double empathy problem’
In recent decades there has been much debate over the ontological status of autism and other neurological ‘disorders’, diagnosed by behavioural indicators, and theorised primarily within the field of
Autistics speak but are they heard
In this article, we argue that the exclusion of autistic people from meaningful involvement in social scientific research is both ethically and epistemologically problematic, and constitutes a
Autistic expertise: A critical reflection on the production of knowledge in autism studies
  • Damian Milton
  • Psychology, Philosophy
    Autism : the international journal of research…
  • 17 March 2014
It is argued that autistic people have often become distrustful of researchers and their aims, and are frequently frozen out of the processes of knowledge production, which results in a negative feedback spiral with further damage to the growth of interactional expertise between researchers and autistic people.
Making the future together: Shaping autism research through meaningful participation
It is called for the development of participatory research skills among the autism research community and the facilitation of greater autistic leadership of, and partnership in, research to lead to better translation into practice and improved outcomes for autistic people and those who support them.
Redefining Critical Autism Studies: a more inclusive interpretation
Abstract This article explores the definition of Critical Autism Studies and its inclusion in autistic scholarship. There has been critique of recent non-autistic literature for lacking autistic
How is a sense of well-being and belonging constructed in the accounts of autistic adults?
Abstract This small-scale exploratory study sought to develop an understanding of the meaning of well-being and social belonging as represented within the narratives of adults on the autism spectrum.
The normalisation agenda and the psycho-emotional disablement of autistic people.
This paper critically analyses the use of normative social scientific principles in the treatment of autistic people and utilises the concept of psycho-emotional disablement (Reeve, 2002, 2004), to
So what exactly are autism interventions intervening with
Often the first question after receiving a diagnosis of autism, is what can we do to help? The answer to this is by no means simple and is generally met with the reply – “it depends”. This paper by
Embodied sociality and the conditioned relativism of dispositional diversity
This paper explores the concepts of ‘embodiment’ (Merleau-Ponty, 1945), as well as those of ‘conditioned relativism’ and ‘dispositional diversity’ as first devised by the paper’s author some fifteen
A Mismatch of Salience: Explorations of the Nature of Autism from Theory to Practice
“Damian Milton has a tremendous facility in presenting his insider views on being autistic and challenging the received wisdom expounded by many neurotypical people. This collection of writings