Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a highly misunderstood condition. It can affect anyone and although there are, to date, over 100 genetic markers that could increase ASD risk, we still don’t know the exact cause (4,13,14).
Women, gender diverse individuals and people of colour are often missed or misdiagnosed. Though the reason for this is unclear, it means that many people living with ASD do not receive a diagnosis until later in life (4,14).
People with ASD are a diverse group of individuals. They have different strengths and needs, so it’s best to get to know them as individuals, assumptions can be hurtful. As in any situation, approaching people with kindness and patience can help you get insight into their perspective of the world.
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