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Improving public understanding of autism

Improving public understanding of autism

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Author: Economic and Social Research Council

Video Summary

  • Autism is often difficult to recognize and is considered a hidden disability, leading to various stereotypes in popular culture that do not represent the diversity of experiences among autistic individuals.
  • The “double empathy problem” refers to the mutual misunderstandings between autistic and non-autistic people, affecting relationships, employment, and quality of life for autistic individuals.
  • The speaker’s research focuses on improving understanding between autistic and non-autistic people by investigating psychological factors and promoting autistic perspectives.
  • The Open Minds photography exhibition, funded by ESRC, allowed over 1,500 visitors to interact with portraits of autistic individuals and hear their life experiences, challenging the idea that it’s impossible to engage with autistic people.
  • The speaker also created the ‘Walking with Cambell’ video to provide insight into the unique ways autistic individuals perceive the world and how others’ behavior can affect their anxiety. Additionally, the speaker developed tools and animations to make their research more accessible to a wider audience.

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