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Debunking autism, from diagnosis to understanding community-based stigmas around the world.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), reflects exactly what it suggests: a spectrum of conditions that come in many different types and combinations, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences. It is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways, and it will affect them for life. The term is used to describe a range of human conditions characterised by challenges with social development skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication. People with autism may be severely impaired in some respects but normal, or even superior, in others.

In this collection of research papers, we curate the latest published research that aims to debunk different aspects of autism, from diagnosis to understanding community-based stigmas around the world.