Autism “Spectrum”?

Is a “Spectrum” the best way to talk about Autism?, by Rose Eveleth (The Atlantic). I’ve read many articles by Autistic adults about how meaningless functioning labels are (and I agree with them!)- but this article addresses the issue from a different angle.  In trying to chart where an individual falls on the autism spectrum, she spoke with doctors, epidemiologists, self-advocates and anthropologists, none of whom could provide any clarity, or even support for the idea. Some postulated that in another 30 years, after further research, “autism” may end up becoming a lot of different diagnoses.  Research itself was discussed, as were the political-style fundraising for disabilities, advocacy, and “which” autism was being represented.

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