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Our goal is to create an environment where authentic co-production is a standard and expected practice in autism research, where Autistic contributors are at the forefront of research.

At the Autistic Research Network (ARN), hosted by Reframing Autism, we facilitate and enable authentic co-production opportunities for Autistic researchers and the broader Autistic community within the field of autism research across disciplines. The ARN provides support to Autistic researchers and the Autistic community to enable their participation in autism research, through sharing opportunities, tools, and resources within a community-based network. We equally partner with non-autistic autism researchers, to disseminate our message that authentic coproduction increases the impact and translational applicability of research outputs.


• emphasise that direct, lived-experiential knowledge is as valuable as academic research,

• empower Autistic individuals, including qualified researchers and the broader community, to engage in all stages of autism research,

• believe that the validity and relevance of autism research is dependent upon the genuine inclusion of Autistic voices – however they communicate – across all stages of the research process,

• assert that the contribution of a diversity of Autistic experiences to coproduction is essential for meaningful, translatable, robust, reliable and significant research that actively contributes to the wellbeing of the Autistic community,

• value diversity, and to prioritising the voices of those who are especially vulnerable or multiply marginalised through their intersectional identities,

• recognise that all Autistic experiences, across a full range of intersectionalities and support and communication needs, can and should be actively included in research,

• partner with autism researchers to help them to adopt and embrace coproduction in their autism research,

• connect autism researchers with Autistic lived-experience contributors, and

• are thus committed to bringing together the Autistic community and the autism research community, with the clear intention to facilitate

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