Constructing an autistic identity: AS voices online

Brownlow, Charlotte and O'Dell, Lindsay (2006) Constructing an autistic identity: AS voices online. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: journal of policy, practice, and perspectives, 44 (5). pp. 315-321. ISSN 0047-6765


Excerpts from current research with people who have autism using online discussion groups are provided. Two major themes emerged that focus on 'expert'knowledge of autism and identity. In contrast to the image of people with autism being unable to speak for themselves, our research on
chat rooms has demonstrated that these individuals are finding a voice in an online environment, and the Internet may be a powerful tool in enabling this voice to be heard. The challenge that experiential knowledge poses to scientific knowledge is discussed in light of diagnosis, and the positive nature of an autism spectrum (AS) identity is highlighted as a common thread in discussions.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright American Association on Mental Retardation.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2011 06:26
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: autism; identity; online discussion groups
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200101 Communication Studies
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1352/0047-6765

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