Autism and Human Variation

Date: 22 October 2012, 6:30pm (for 7pm start) to 8:30pm

Venue: White Cloth Gallery, 24-26 Aire Street, Leeds, LS1 4HT (near the back of Leeds Station)

Admission: Tickets are £4/£3 (concessions). Book in advance through this Eventbrite link, or pay at the venue on the night.

Speaker: Stuart Murray

Panel: Richard Exley and Alison Stansfield


As part of Love Arts Leeds Festival 2012, Leeds Salon has invited author and academic Stuart Murray to discuss ‘autism and human variation’.

Stuart Murray — AutismAutism is one of the most discussed medical conditions in contemporary society. It is also one of the most misunderstood. For many, it is a disability that poses serious difficulties in engaging with the world. For others, it is a welcome indication of the wide variation inherent in the human condition. Biomedical research that aims to discover the genetic and neurological basis of autism may lead to new forms of treatment, but is treating autism appropriate? Vast sums of money are being invested to find a 'cure' for autism, but some autistic people believe that the results of such research could be tantamount to genocide. In an era of genetic advances and prenatal screening, but also of disability rights and the acceptance of difference, what do we think we know about autism? Do we see it as part of our collective future, or as a condition we would rather be without?

Stuart will also face questions from our expert panel.


Love Arts Festival

Love Arts Leeds is organised by Arts and Minds and Leeds and York Partnerhisp NHS Foundation Trust and takes place between Tuesday 2nd and Monday 29th October 2012. For more information, visit their website here.



Is autism just another identity? Sandy Starr, Spiked, 23 April 2012

Autism's First Child, John Donvan and Caren Zucker, Atlantic Magazine, October 2010

Autistic Impressions, BBC Magazine, 10 August 2009

Autistic children are now seen as a burden’, Spiked Review of Books, December 2008



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