AUTISTIC PEOPLE AREN’T REALLY ACCEPTED – AND IT’S IMPACTING THEIR MENTAL HEALTH
Perhaps by creating a more accepting society, we might see fewer mental health difficulties in autism.
But we need more work on autism acceptance to work out how we can actually do this.
For example, research on online training for university students has shown that teaching them about autism and neurodiversity (the idea that autism is a part of human diversity) can improve attitudes.
Mental health research in autism is the number one research priority in this area,
and autism acceptance is likely just one factor among many that could contribute to mental health difficulties in autism.
But by being more accepting and positive when people are diagnosed with autism, we could make a real difference to their lives.