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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. (https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/11/the-link-between-autism-and-trans-identity/507509/)

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 https://spectrumnews.org/features/deep-dive/the-lost-girls/) I am going to have to think long and hard about this second point.

#ASD #gender

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