Autism in Academia

This seminar will bring together Autistic self-advocates, academics and the public to discuss how universities and research can be more accepting of Autistic people. Join us to hear from a panel of Autistic self-advocates engaged in research and academia.

The number of Autistic students in universities is increasing and there are several examples of universities working hard to create an environment that accepts and celebrates Autistic diversity. Yet, there is a lack of recognition that Autistic students may go on to become academics and a lack of acknowledgement of Autistic academics within our universities.

Autism research is still largely dominated by approaches which refer to autism as a “disorder” or a “deficit” with the aim to treat or cure autism. However, Autistic people and their allies are challenging these assumptions and are demanding Autistic people be included in the conduct of research to ensure it meets the needs of their community.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer