Profound Autism

Article by Laura Noland, M.Ed., BCBA     



In 2018, a group of international experts formed The Lancet Commission for the Future of Care and Clinical Research of Autism to formally identify priorities for autism treatment and research around the globe. The Commission recently published a report that states,

“Individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders are a valued part of society and represent a prototype of neurodiversity. At the same time, many individuals with autism have profound needs and are vulnerable to harm, marginalization, and exclusion, and societal attitudes to difference, inclusion, and equity will affect their life experiences and outcomes.” 


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