Avoiding ableist language in autism analysis

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The Ableist language is widely used by autism researchers who believe that autistic people are “broken” or inferior to non-autistic people. Strategies to avoid abusive language are offered in autism and adulthood.

“We provide practical guides to help researchers make language decisions that reduce stigma, misunderstanding, and marginalization in autistic people,” said Kristen Bottema-Beutel, Ph.D., Boston College and co-authors.

The authors claim that avoiding abusive language will lead to better outcomes for the autistic community and improved communication in research.

“I am amazed at the amount of accidental dehumanizing language used by researchers when talking about autism. This thought-provoking article challenges researchers to reassess the language in which they talk about autism and gives them tools to help to make it better the standard for how autism and autistic people are discussed in the literature, “says Christina Nicolaidis, MD, MPH, Portland State University and Oregon Health & Science University, editor-in-chief for autism in adulthood.

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More information:
Kristen Bottema-Beutel et al. Avoid Ableist Language: Suggestions for Autism Researchers, Autism in Adulthood (2020). DOI: 10.1089 / aut.2020.0014 Provided by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

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