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Autism and Well-being

A workshop with Richard Ashcroft (Queen Mary, University of London), Eva Billstedt (Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre, U. of Gothenburg), Ingrid Robeyns, (Erasmus University, Rotterdam), Raffaele Rodogno (Aarhus University) and a panel of young autistic adults from the Aarhus area

Info about event


Friday 11 October 2013,  at 09:00 - 16:00


Aarhus University, Building 2110, Room 124 Niels Juels Gade 84, 8200 Aarhus N


Raffaele Rodogno. Email filrr@hum.au.dk to register

Despite the exploding amount of research on well-being and on autism taken separately, there is surprisingly little research on autism and well-being taken together, that is, on questions concerning the structure and substance of well-being for autistic individuals. How do we measure how well an autistic life is going? What methods can and should we employ in order to measure the well-being of individuals on the spectrum who are not in a position to answer subjective well-being questionnaires? Are objective measures the only answer? And whose “objective” measures should it be, the neurotypicals’ or the autistics’? How do we establish the latter?

Being clear about these questions is a necessary step towards the assessment of many interventions at the personal, the family, and the public levels. This workshop aims to answer questions such as these from the point of view of philosophy, psychology, and the social sciences and will include discussion with a panel of young autistic adults. 


autism@aarhus/MindLab, Interacting Minds, and Research Unit in Ethics, Legal, and Political Philosophy (Philosophy and Intellectual History, Culture and Society Aarhus University). 

NB: See program for the workshop as PDF below.