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Why everything you know about autism is wrong | Jac den Houting

Jac den Houting’s life transformed with an autism diagnosis, leading her to embrace concepts like the neurodiversity paradigm, the social model of disability, and the double empathy problem. As an autistic research psychologist and activist, Jac has combined these notions with her personal journey in a TEDx talk, urging a reevaluation of how society understands autism.

Currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Macquarie University in Sydney, Jac works with Professor Liz Pellicano. In 2015, she was awarded an Autism CRC scholarship to complete her PhD at Griffith University in Brisbane. Before pursuing her academic career, Jac spent nearly a decade working as a psychologist in the criminal justice system. Diagnosed as autistic at age 25, she is a proud neurodivergent and queer advocate.

This TEDx talk, formatted like a traditional TED conference but organized independently by a local community, represents Jac’s passion and ongoing efforts to promote understanding and acceptance of autism. Those interested in learning more about her insights and work can click the provided link for additional information.