Autism research: Looking for answers in all the wrong places

Undercover Autism

In recent weeks, the largest ever UK autism research project, Spectrum 10k, was paused and an apology given to Autistic people, their families and charities that support them. The ubiquitous Simon Baron-Cohen, endorsed by several celebrities had declared how this research would investigate genetic and environmental factors that contribute to the wellbeing of autistic individuals and their families. Questionnaires and saliva DNA samples were to be used to learn how different genes are associated with autism and co-occurring health conditions.

Who wouldn’t support research that has the potential to reduce some of the health and wellbeing inequalities faced by Autistic people which, after all, are numerous and considerable?

Well…. A large proportion of the Autistic community don’t support the Spectrum 10K research in fact! A Twitter poll #AskingAutistics posed the question “What’s your view on Spectrum 10k?” The 582 respondents voted:

Fantastic 1%

Not Sure 17%

Awful 82%

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