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Neurodiverse Childhoods

Brain traced by neon tubes
Drawing on critical disability studies to critique deficit models of autism.
September 2014 - August 2017

Investigators: Lindsay O’Dell (Lecturer, OU Faculty of Health & Social Care) with Charlotte Brownlow, (University of Western Queensland, Australia) and Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, (Umea University, Sweden)

The notion of autistic space has been developed to explore how neurologically typical (NT) and autistic spaces may permit or disable particular forms of activity. We have focussed on the development of friendships, examining both face-to-face and online communities and ways in which it is possible to make friends across the neurodiverse spectrum.

Please find more information on the Children, young people, parenthood and families pages from the Faculty of Health of Social Care, the Children's Research Centre website, and the Critical Autism Network. The Critical Autism network is the international network for critical approaches to autism, hosted by the Open University and funded by Leverhulme Trust.

Image: "Brain" by Dierk Schaefer, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Learn more about the research programme: Intimate Relationships