The Theory of Intersectionality: A New Lens for Understanding the Barriers Faced by Autistic Women

Amanda Saxe

Abstract


            While disabilities studies scholars have already taken a great step forward in integrating the theory of intersectionality, progress is still required.  Many theoretical and empirical disability studies papers operationalize disability in a vague and all-inclusive manner. Although it is important to research disability in a global way, it is just as important to regard the more specific experiences of disability.  The study of specific disabilities and the barriers that are faced by those who have them is critical since living with one type of disability can lead to very different experiences as compared with having a different disability (Hirschmann, 2012).  In addition to adding Autism to the discussion of intersectionality within disability studies, it is critical to include a disability studies perspective to other fields of research in order to successfully incorporate an intersectional framework.  


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