Who we are

We are a research team based at Egenis, part of the University of Exeter in the UK. Our research explores the role that diagnosis plays in society and in medicine, using diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder as a case study. On the way, we aim to celebrate and value the abilities and attributes of the neurodiverse community.

Diagnosis can be viewed as:

  • A way to categorise people
  • A social process which involves many people and takes time
  • An intervention in itself, with consequences for health, both positive and sometimes negative

With more and more people being diagnosed with autism, it is important to ask why, if, and how, diagnosis is of benefit. We carry out our research through listening to the views and experiences of adults who have a diagnosis of autism. If this describes you and you would like to [participate in our research please contact us on ex.dx@ex.ac.uk. We also hope to hear from clinicians about their experiences diagnosing autism via our partner organisations.