What should be the purpose, in your view, of autism research?


Autism research
Autism research
One thing I should have learnt over the years is never to discuss controversial matters on the internet and social media in particular.

To be fair I always do forget and am always surprised and the sewage that gets dropped on my head . Most especially when I have the temerity to ask questions where opinions are strong but there may be no right or wrong answer.

So with that in mind I have decided to enter another difficult area for the autism community.

I’d like to look at the question of what should be the objective or purpose of research into autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

It strikes me that there are two main schools of thought on this matter (but there could be others of course). First there is the search for a “cure” for autism. The other is that we should focus our energies if developing new and more effective therapies for ASD.

I am very interested in finding out what you think on the matter.

We have set up a poll below and it would be great if you could take part!

Secondly we would love it if you could share your suggestions for new autism research and/or your views on current autism research in the comments section.



Please remember that views on questions like this really do vary. So we ask that you treat other readers and commentators with decency and charity!

Many thanks in advance.

Autism – Do you want a cure for autism?


Autism Spectrum Condition
Autism Spectrum Condition

Now you may consider this a rather odd question but let me explain a bit about the context.

As some of you may know we run a Facebook page called AutismTalk which features discussion and information about ASD (or ASC).

In the last few months there has been a fairly wide-ranging conversation about autism and cures for autism.  Indeed it is, as far as I can see, the most controversial question within the autism community.

While I know opinions are strong I’m also interested to get some level of quantification.  So I have set up the poll below.  It would be great if you could take a few second to take part.

If you want to share your views in more detail please use the comments box below to add your thoughts and opinions.

We are hoping to use them as the basis for a more detailed blog post in the next few weeks.