Tag Archives: language

What does “a bit spectrum-y” mean?

Increasingly, as awareness of autism and constructs such as “the autism spectrum” grows, one hears people casually describing their acquaintances with phrases such as “she’s a bit spectrum-y” or “he’s a little autistic“.  Being perfectly honest, I have used such phrases myself. I guess I’ve found it a helpful and succinct way to describe a […]

Phoning it in: are AAC Researchers and Practitioners Keeping up to Date with Recent Research Developments?

This is a guest blog from DART collaborator Noreen Murphy.  You can find out more about Noreen’s project on AAC support and autism at this page. Technology continues to develop at a pace that shows no sign of slowing anytime soon. The field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for children on the autism spectrum is […]

Autistic person, or person with autism?

In a new(ish) paper (first published a year ago), Lorcan Kenny of the Centre for Research in Autism and Education asks “Which terms should be used to describe autism?“. The paper provides a much-needed empirical analysis of this question which has beset the autism community for years. Conflict over the appropriate terminology to describe both […]