Online communities are composed of individuals who communicate with one another on a regular basis using online tools, such as forums, bulletin boards, listservs and some blogs.
People join online communities for a wide range of reasons, including to find or share information, to discuss relevant issues, or to provide mutual support.
There are many online communities which address aspects of autism. For example, some communities are restricted to those who identify themselves as autistic, while others are open to anyone with an interest in autism.
This glossary is designed to explain some of the jargon and gobbledygook used by some people when they talk about autism or research..
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The fact that an intervention is listed in this glossary does not necessarily mean that we agree with its use. Nor does it necessarily mean that there is any scientifically valid or reliable evidence behind it.