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Is Autism a neurological difference and a disability?

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Autism is a neurological difference. Autistic people see the world differently to what is typical of most humans. We experience the world differently, we do things differently, we are different. We diverge from what is typically expected. Ours brains and body are different and so we are neurodivergent.

But does that mean Autism isn’t a disability?

Many Autistics would say no, it isn’t. We are neurologically different not disabled. But then, what is a disability? According to the equality act: ‘You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities’. For some Autistic people the only difficulty affecting their lives is the limitations of social constructs and a lack of understanding and acceptance of other people. For others though, their lives are affected by the inability to do what…

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