Is autism a disability?

AUTISM in CONTEXT

I often get the question. There are many different opinions. Some people see autism as a disorder or a deficit. Some disagree strongly with that and say that autism is just another way of perceiving and understanding the world. Some even see autism as the next step in the evolution of the human brain.

Probably no surprise for those who know me and my work, but I think that the question “Is autism a disability” is not a good question. It is too absolute and…contex blind (pun intended).

It is the context that defines whether the autistic thinking is a deficit or an asset.
So, the question is not whether autism is a disability or not. The question is: where and when does it prevent the person from being happy and flourishing?

Although there is a difference between the autistic brain and the non-autistic brain, we are not…

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