Mapping the Autistic Advantage from the Accounts of Adults Diagnosed with Autism: A Qualitative Study

@article{Russell2019MappingTA,
  title={Mapping the Autistic Advantage from the Accounts of Adults Diagnosed with Autism: A Qualitative Study},
  author={Ginny Russell and Steven Kenneth Kapp and Daisy Elliott and Chris Elphick and Ruth Gwernan-Jones and Christabel Owens},
  journal={Autism in Adulthood},
  year={2019},
  volume={1},
  pages={124 - 133}
}
Abstract Background: Autism has been associated with specific cognitive strengths. Strengths and weaknesses have traditionally been conceptualized as dichotomous. Methods: We conducted 28 semi-structured interviews with autistic adults. Maximum variation sampling was used to ensure diversity in relation to support needs. We asked which personal traits adults attributed to their autism, and how these have helped in the workplace, in relationships, and beyond. Data were collected in two stages… 

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