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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Autism Blogs

 In The Politics of Autism, I examine the role of social media in the development of the issue.  Social media can spread vaccine disinformation, but they can also provide autistic people and their families with a way to connect with one another and to press for government action.

Social media is far from a perfect solution to the social barriers we experience. It comes with its own pitfalls and frustrations. But while most people could rattle off a list of negatives, it feels like a little-known secret that social media is the central hub of a thriving autistic community, in some ways uniquely suited to people who want to connect but do so in an atypical way. While social media isn’t for everyone, it is a valid and meaningful form of socializing that should be discussed, encouraged and supported.