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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a highly misunderstood condition. It can affect anyone and although there are, to date, many genetic markers that may be associated with ASD, there are also many gene-environment interactions that could be factors as well, but we still do not know the exact cause (4,13,14).

It’s important to underline that research should prioritize the consultation, autonomy, well-being, and informed consent of autistic people, which has not always been the case (15).

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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