I guess I should go to bed instead of starting to look for more interesting study programs to fit into my already overachieved study plan.


Anyway, if someone happens to know of any university program on autism that has autistic people as teachers and researchers and is not viewing autism as a medical pathology but is more on the side of social model of disability, and the said program locating in an European university, please by all means tip me off, it may be very relevant to my future research.

@Stoori Julie Dachez, a french researcher, is doing amazing work, but I'm not sure of how her research fits into a program inside her university. I'm sharing the link anyway, it might be useful: theses.fr/2016NANT2020.

Did you try out university library OPACs for a search for "autism as a social model of disability"?
Those library systems have more detailed keywords than any websearch can provide

@wauz Yeah, I know these, I study already but am looking for programs to extend my knowledge. I asked here to get a bit more of people's personal experiences and opinions on different options, because sometimes it may be hard to find the thread from a publication to a particular study program where I could attend.

Well, we have a kind if empirical problem: there is no autism without diagnosis.
I'm serious with that.
Anyone has properties. Some of them may considered 'weird' or 'special' or indicators or 'symptoms'. It's a perception problem.
In medicin generally and psychiatry/psychology some 'illnesses' get in fashion some time, so you find more 'cases'.
We, e.g. Asperger syndrome, don't know, if we have less or more people with that set of - 1/2

properties then diagnosed. We can't even guess, if false-positive outweigh the falsely not diagnosed.
So it's a question of scientific interest, on what to focus... @Stoori - 2/2

@wauz Ah, yes, over- and underdiagnosing are a real problem, but they're a bit off the mark here.

It's totally possible to research autism without concentrating on the medical-pathological and othering side of the neurotype, ie. to regard autists as subjects and not merely objects and to look at societal problems from autists' POV. I've seen such research.

The problem here is that the medical model is so dominating that it's not easy to find places where the *good* research is being done.

Me idea: look for 'weird person', let them tell their experience, and then try to assess, how many of them may comply to some autism property set (I try to avoid the word 'diagnosis'.
Or: ask for diagnosed or self-diagnosed people and try to assess, what does fit into the grid.
What is state of art with diagnose guidelines?
You just need at least one defined anchod to the up to now science

Btw: if you come to the situation to get dummy probands for testing an inventory, I can do 'weird person - non-autistic'

@Stoori If the UK still counts you could take a look at the Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam University (was mentioned when I shared your question in an autistic community I'm in)


@petrichor Thank you! UK may count, depending on particulars. I'll take a closer look.

@Stoori I don't know if you plan to relocate for a course, but Sheffield and surrounding area is a very nice place to live, if you like moorland.

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