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Ageing on the Autism Spectrum

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Most autistic people are adults, and the UK - like many countries – has an ageing population. Yet autism is under-researched in older adults, and we know very little about how autistic people age. This talk will cover why ageing on the autism spectrum is an important topic, challenges in this field, what the current publication data in this area look like, and recent and current research from the Re:Spect Lab. Categorical (with clinically diagnosed autistic adults) and dimensional (examining associations with levels of autistic traits) approaches will be included, reporting on studies led by Dr Esra Zivrali-Yara, Dr Gavin Stewart, and current PhD student David Mason. Strengths and limitations, as well as future directions, will be discussed.

Recently published: Fletcher-Watson, S. & Happé, F. (2019) Autism: A new introduction to psychological theory and debate. London: Routledge

Carpenter, B., Happé, F. & Egerton, J. (Eds) (2019) Girls and Autism: Education, Family and Personal Perspectives. London: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

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