UK Autism Research

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Useful links:
National Autistic Society (www.autism.org.uk)
NHS information about autism (www.nhs.uk/conditions/autism/)


What is autism?

Invisible diversity: a story of undiagnosed autism

Why everything you know about autism is wrong

Women and autism: towards a better understanding

Watch your language when talking about autism


Liz Pellicano


'Words matter. The way we use them to communicate with or about others can have a huge impact on people's lives. This is especially the case when it comes to disability. Handicapped. Retarded. Mad. Activists have campaigned hard to eradicate such terms, which are offensive and perpetuate a negative view of disabled people- one as passive, unable to take control over their own lives.' Read more here.

How it feels to be diagnosed with autism in later life


Michael Richards


“He is wired differently to you and me, this child of mine. He doesn’t like loud noises, or dark spaces, or strangers touching his head”. These are the first lines from a poem a mother penned about her son 11-year-old son who has Asperger’s syndrome. Sophie Billington goes on to explain how her son Tristan’s brain works differently.' Read more here.


Transgender and gender diverse people up to six times more likely to be autistic


Varun Warrier & Simon Baron-Cohen


'There is some evidence to suggest that transgender and gender-diverse people are more likely to be autistic than cisgender people.' Read more here. 

How autism can be hidden from society using psychological strategies


Lucy Livingston, Francesca Happe, & Punit Shah


'A later diagnosis can be challenging because many intellectually able adults have developed “compensatory” psychological strategies for coping with their autistic difficulties. These can hide their symptoms from doctors, employers, and even family members.' Read more here.

Not all autistic people are good at maths and science - despite the stereotypes


James McGrath


Despite increased awareness of autism and the impact it can have on people’s lives, many autistic people continue to struggle against misleading stereotypes.

Being autistic, for example, doesn’t automatically make you a "human calculator" or a  "living Google" – despite what some people may think. Read more here. 

Research on facial expressions challenges the way we think about autism

Connor Tom Keating & Jennifer Cook

'Autism researchers are starting to think that autistic and non-autistic faces may “speak a different language” when conveying emotion. This could mean the “social difficulties” often associated with autism may, at least partly, result from differences in the facial expressions produced by autistic and non-autistic people.' Read more here.