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Understanding autism
Understanding autism

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4 Autism in society

Bringing autistic people into the research process is part of a wider process of accommodating autism within society. These days, autism is of wide public interest in countries like the UK, and media portrayals have undoubtedly played a role in this. But this doesn’t mean that autism is well understood: while media portrayals have enhanced general public awareness, they are also responsible for some erroneous ideas that are unhelpful when it comes to making the right accommodations for autistic people.