I was heartened to see ASAN‘s Ari Ne’eman in attendance as this reinforced my opinion that ASF are determined to include autistic people and listen to an autistic agenda. Further reinforcement came from the reporting page on the ASF website:
Discussion revolved around this new work’s [Klin’s study] role in both diagnosis and treatment, as well as the importance of respecting the individuality of people with autism.
Good. Very good to hear. Two thumbs up. Excellent. Round of applause. Should I go on…? No, possibly not.
Anyway, this has been a good year for autistic advocacy I think. A major website has actively sought out and employed an autistic writer for its autism pages and now what will be a major scientific force within autism is listening directly to autistic people. Long may it continue.