Do We Need Autistic Autism Researchers to Understand Autism?
Ethics in Progress, Volume 14, Number 2, cover page


autistic researchers
autism research
theory of mind
double empathy

How to Cite

Kędra, A. (2023). Do We Need Autistic Autism Researchers to Understand Autism?. ETHICS IN PROGRESS, 14(2), 24–37.


The assumption that autistic individuals do not have the theory of mind – the social-cognitive ability to understand other people by attributing mental states to them – has been widespread in the psychological literature. However, the empirical evidence from the original research and its replications failed to prove and support autistic mind-blindness. Yet, it is still present in literature on autism spectrum. Meanwhile, convincing research, that has been conducted among autistic researchers and their allies, is often overlooked by non-autistic specialists. This paper focuses on how autistic autism researchers have been influencing their field of study and how academy can benefit from their work.


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