Publication date: 13th October 2008 Last updated: November 2012
Review date: November 2014
We interviewed 45 parents of children on the autism spectrum. The interviews include experiences across the life course as some parents had pre-school age children who had recently been diagnosed, while other parents talked about their adult children. The way in which autism is understood has changed over time and this is reflected in the changing use of language. For some people, autism is a form of difference rather than a disability and they use the term neurodiverse to describe people on the autism spectrum and the neurotypical to describe those who are not. Select from the key topics below, choose from the full list of topics, or explore all the interviews.
See also... Life on the Autism spectrum