The Open UniversitySkip to content

Constructing an autistic identity: AS voices online

Brownlow, Charlotte and O'Dell, Lindsay (2007). Constructing an autistic identity: AS voices online. Mental Retardation, 44(5) pp. 315–321.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:[315:CAAIAV]2.0.CO;2
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


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.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0895-8017
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Childhood, Development and Learning
Education and Language Studies
Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Health and Social Care
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 16327
Depositing User: Charlotte Brownlow
Date Deposited: 20 May 2009 15:53
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2016 11:21
Share this page:


Scopus Citations

▼ Automated document suggestions from open access sources

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   + 44 (0)870 333 4340