What are the views and experiences of autistic teachers? Findings from an online survey in the UK

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Wood, R. and Happé, F. 2021. What are the views and experiences of autistic teachers? Findings from an online survey in the UK. Disability and Society. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2021.1916888
AuthorsWood, R. and Happé, F.
Abstract

Despite significant research into the education of autistic children and young people (CYP) and an increased awareness of the employment needs and rights of autistic adults, little attention has been paid to autistic teachers. We discuss findings drawn from an online survey in the UK in which autistic teachers and other autistic education staff (n = 149) describe the lack of understanding, sensory impacts, mental health issues and the complexities associated with revealing an autism diagnosis as a result of their work. These issues can represent significant impediments to either entering or remaining in the school education profession. Positive experiences were also found and, from a social justice perspective, the possibilities of autistic school staff to constitute a role model for autistic CYP and to facilitate their educational inclusion are considered. Future directions in this under-researched area are also discussed.

JournalDisability and Society
ISSN0968-7599
Year2021
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2021.1916888
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Deposited18 May 2021
FunderEconomic and Social Research Council
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