"The mission of the ARC is to understand the biomedical causes of autism spectrum conditions, and develop new and validated methods for assessment and intervention. The ARC fosters collaboration between scientists in Cambridge University and outside, to accelerate this mission."
Seems to me the ARC are doing valuable and helpful work. If you have a problem with that take it up with them.
Proper autism diagnosis requires significantly more testing than an online questionnaire. My son spent countless hours with a neuropsychologist to get accurate answers. They may be doing valuable research, but this is not any form of a valid measure. Nothing aimed at you, Dirk. The offensive part is that whoever put that up online thinks a handful of questions answered by random people on the internet can tell them whether or not they fall somewhere on the spectrum. It demeans the struggle that is everyday life of someone with autism.
It seems they acknowledge themselves that this is kinda bs.
" Our tests are posted on our website to enable free access to academic researchers. None of them are diagnostic: No single score on any of our tests or questionnaires indicates that an individual has an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). If you are concerned that you, or a friend or relative, may have ASC, please discuss these concerns with your GP or family doctor or ask the*National Autistic Society*(NAS) or equivalent charity in your country, for advice."
I got 39 from one on wired. Com not surprising though since I've known I was an aspie for about 16 years. Can't tell by knowing me I remember a lot of conversations that I hear and from whom and repeat to others in social situations. I try to categorize in my head the social circle from which it came to use in other similar circles to be in context. Especially great for small talk and meating new people. I also try to watch reactions and facial expressions in movies do I can try to mimic in situations in similar context.
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