Autism Spectrum Disorder: Inclusion and self-advocacy


The past decade has seen an increase in the number of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. These individuals have spent a large portion of their life having decisions made about with, without them. Individuals with autism spectrum disorder have endured without being heard, autistic self-advocacy groups have been formed to assist in rectifying this issue and ensure that their experiences are known, and their voices be heard. Informed advocacy is important to create a world that celebrates all of our differences and is built for everyone. This paper provides a brief look into the history of autism, the road to clinical diagnosis, treatments, self-advocacy, and considerations for the future.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2023

Senior Project Advisor

Dr. Scott Douglas

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Educational Studies

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