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Autism Research for Autistic Flourishing

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Despite enormous advances in autism science, the lives of autistic people remain deeply difficult in every country across the globe. Even in advanced economies, autistic people die, on average, many years earlier than non-autistic people. And they experience substantial economic and social inequalities throughout their lives, too. This is not the result of under-investment. The USA ’s NIH alone spent USD $2.5 billion on autism research in the decade from 2008 – 2018. This leads to the inevitable conclusion that autism science is being directed to the wrong end – focusing largely on questions which, although fundamental do not have an immediate impact on autistic people’s lives – or the pipeline from scientific discovery to translation and real-world implementation is failing, or both. Spurred by these possibilities, this talk investigates the underlying problems confronting autism research and asks what we can do about it, in both the short and the longer term.

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