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Critical Autism Studies

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Critical autism studies; Emancipatory autism studies; Transformative autism studies (Woods et al. 2018)

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Introduction

Critical Autism Studies (CAS) is the only autistic-led community of practice, within autism studies, and it has a few proposed definitions. A recent entry by notable autistic CAS scholars reviewed the main definitions and its ontology to propose a more inclusive approach between autistic and non-autistic academics; the preferred definition put forward is:

The ‘criticality’ comes from investigating power dynamics that operate in discourses around autism, questioning deficit-based definitions of autism, and being willing to consider the ways in which biology and culture intersect to produce ‘disability’. (Waltz 2014, p. 1337)

For a discussion on the other primary CAS definitions, see Woods et al. (2018). This essay outlines key concepts from disability studies and the nature of the neurodiversity movement before explaining how CAS is relevant to...

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Woods, R., Waldock, K.E. (2020). Critical Autism Studies. In: Volkmar, F. (eds) Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102297-2

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