08 March 2013

On Simulations

I've seen this article about a new "autism simulation," called Auti-Sim, passing around quite a bit lately, usually accompanied with nice, snarky bits of commentary from fellow Autistics and allies. (Seriously, doesn't the name itself just make you want to retch a bit?)

I wrote a paper last month about disability and impairment simulations. Though not directly addressing Auti-Sim, it's probably still relevant in many ways.

Here's the PDF of the paper with white background and black text. And here's the PDF of the paper with black background and white text. I figured I should post that here for reference, and that it might be useful for folks.


  1. I don't know if I'd seen your post at the time I was arguing with Karla at Karla's ASD Page, but she claims I'm full of it regarding French 1992 and current research refutes that paper's assertions that disability simulations are counterproductive.

    I apologize if I had seen your paper and forgot about it.

    Any ideas what research Karla has seen that says simulations are a good thing? I think she thinks I'm just an ignorant troll.

    1. Not sure offhand -- I've seen articles that conducted individual studies that were interpreted as beneficial, but the Meta-Analysis article provides a pretty good statistics-based critique of many of those. It's cited in my paper.


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