Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 243–255 | Cite as

Re-presenting Autism: The Construction of ‘NT Syndrome’

  • Charlotte BrownlowEmail author


Autism is a widely researched area and much emphasis has been placed in research on the differences between the autistic and non-autistic populations. Such research commonly draws on proposed deficits within people with autism in order to explain differences. This paper seeks to present an alternative understanding of differences and draws on writings of people with autism in such a discussion. The construction of ‘Neurologically Typical syndrome’ (NT) will be presented as an inverted construction of diagnosis, which serves to challenge the dominant position of ‘NTs’ and ‘NT traits’ over autistic traits. It will be argued that such an alternative representation of people with and without autism has important implications for our construction of and understanding of autism.


Neurodiversity Neurologically typical Autism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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