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Trends

Rest assured that I will not propose any colour trends, fabric or combinations for next year! Were it not for this to be a site for autistic and needless people to say that they are people who usually do not follow trends.

If at the end of each year and in the transition to the new year it is customary to make resolutions, I leave here some ideas. I confess that they are not new, but bell-mouth pants are also worn although this trend began in the 1960s.

If we follow the reference research centres for autism we can see what next year's trends may be. For example, when we read the 2021 research trends at Spectrumnews.org, we realise that some of the proposals are not just this year. And maybe they will continue in 2022 and hopefully they don't drag on many more. Although some of them, especially those related to the causes of autism and the genetic aspects involved, will have to continue for many good years. However, the issues related to early diagnosis, the phenotypical differences in the behavioural expression of men and women in autism, in the access to specialised health care to perform screening evaluation and monitoring in the Autism Spectrum, integration of autistic people into the labour market and access to own housing, among others. All these and other aspects are very related to behavioural issues and especially of non-autistic people.

That's right, there is a whole set of obstacles in the progression of the lives of autistic people that continues to be explained by the difficulties of non-autistic people. Isn't it ironic? So much so that non-autistic people think that autistic people have difficulties, deficits, needs, etc. And it is precisely non-autistic people who are causing some of these obstacles. Perhaps in 2022 there may be some research team that focusses precisely on what variables in non-autistic people lead to causing impediments to progression in the lives of autistic people. For example, why is it that in some schools the entry of autistic people continues to be denied or to not to apply the reference measures that are even contemplated in the legislation? And why do you continue to savagely question clinical diagnoses, especially when the people who do so are not even clinicians? Or why are there university professors who, because they realise that some of their students are intelligent, realise that they cannot be autistic? And the same for when they make eye contact. And why do employers still think that being an autistic person is synonymous with being someone who does not learn or is not able to perform tasks efficiently? Not to mention successive governments that do not think that autistic people need to be contemplated as people who want to have their own housing? Besides being your right.

As you can see, there are several trends for 2022 and perhaps if we ask autistic people we will see that there are still many more. For example, I just recently read an autistic person who asked, what is the point of continuing to greatly fund research on the causes of autism when their quality of life throughout life continues to be so discriminated against and with worrying numbers?


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