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Autism and Gender Diversity

Article: The Link Between Autism and Trans Identity, by Bryony White. In, The Atlantic from Nov 2016. (

I have been working in the field of Autism for a while now, and also have some experience working with gender-diverse clients, and having gender-diverse friends and colleagues. There is a lot to say on this issue, but I will keep my comments brief. Two things stood out to me from this article.

First, there appears to be a link between autism and gender diversity. This is consistent with my experiences and observations, and is a topic my colleagues and I have been discussing for the last 10 years. I am glad to see that the issue is attracting more attention from researchers.

Second, a statement made by Simon Baron-Cohen, perhaps one of the most influential thinkers in the field of modern autism research was identified in this article as creating barriers to care for people on the Spectrum. (See I am going to have to think long and hard about this second point.

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