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Understanding autism

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Understanding autism
Understanding autism
A message from course lead Ilona Roth (April 2021):

Covid and all the associated restrictions have brought particular challenges for autistic people and their families. This year, of all years, we need to promote understanding of autism, so please use this course as a resource to help you spread awareness. Wishing everyone a swift end to lockdown and happier times ahead.

Learn about autism, a complex and challenging long-term condition for many individuals and their families worldwide, and an aspect of human diversity to others. This free course, Understanding autism, introduces the autism spectrum, how it is experienced by different individuals and families, and why it is a global concern. The course explains how ideas about autism have evolved and explores diagnosis, causes, intervention and life-span development. Widely varying perspectives on autism are illustrated and key societal and cross-cultural issues highlighted.

Understanding autism

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First Published: 26/04/2017

Updated: 02/04/2020

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