Wikipedia:WikiProject Autism

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Welcome to WikiProject Autism!

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WikiProject Autism is a collaborative community for people who are interested in the improvement of articles about autism, Autistic culture, and anything and anyone autism-related. You are welcome to post a notice on the project talk page if you have any questions, suggestions, concerns, or anything related to Asperger- or autism-related articles. Click here to start a new discussion on the Talk page.

If you, as Wikipedians who are Autistic (including Asperger's and PDD-NOS), or non-autistic and involved with Autistic culture, would like to assist with this project, please feel free to add your name to the list below and start participating on this project page. For more information on WikiProjects, please see Wikipedia:WikiProjects and Wikipedia:WikiProject best practices.

Feel free to tag Asperger- and autism-related articles, on their talk pages, by placing the following text at the top of the article's Talk page: {{WikiProject Autism}}.

Please do not write articles that advocate one particular viewpoint on autism, politics, religion, or anything else. Understand what we mean by a neutral point of view before tackling/editing this sort of topic.
Be neutral. Citation is your gateway to adding a sentence or paragraph. Do not copy original text as-is; you must reword them as neutrally and non-offensively as possible.
Neutral point-of-view is a primary goal of Wikipedia.


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If you participate at autism/Asperger-related articles, and would like to join this project, please feel free to add yourself to this list.

Anyone can become a member of this project; all you have to do is add your name to the list and start participating on these pages.

You can add a WikiProject Autism userbox to your userpage, by adding the following text to it: {{User WikiProject Autism}}.

If you prefer not to use a userbox, you can add [[Category:WikiProject Autism participants|Username]] to your userpage.

Either action will add you to Category:WikiProject Autism participants. To be included in the list below, you must add your username manually. Welcome to the project!


  1. To improve the overall quality of articles relating to autism, Asperger syndrome, and the culture of those on the Autism Spectrum.
  2. To encourage collaboration and the formation of a community of those on the Autism Spectrum and interested non-autistic Wikipedians.
  3. To achieve a consensus from a wider group on what are sometimes controversial topics, emphasizing a representation from people on the Autism Spectrum.
  4. To improve the relevant content from all regions of the world.
  5. To integrate all of the articles into a consistent classification schema (e.g. category hierarchies).


  1. NPOV. Manage pages to ensure that all aspects of autism are addressed in a NPOV, i.e. both medical and cultural.
  2. Formulate conventions on terminology ("autism spectrum disorder", "person with autism", Asperger/Asperger's, autistic/Autistic, neurotypical, non-autistic/allistic, etc.) and apply throughout Wikipedia.
  3. Assist in developing Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Disability-related articles and update articles to adhere to it.
  4. Discuss possible redirects and disambiguation.


  1. Develop examples/descriptions of Autistic culture in Sociological and cultural aspects of autism.
  2. Add {{autism-stub}} at the bottom of autism-related stub articles.
  3. Add {{WikiProject Autism}} at the top of the talk page of autism-related articles.
  4. Rate unassessed articles by quality and importance. For guidelines, see Wikipedia:WikiProject Autism/Assessment#Quality scale and Wikipedia:WikiProject Autism/Assessment#Importance scale.
  5. History of autism: Hans Asperger, Leo Kanner, National Autistic Society, Autism Society of America, History of Asperger syndrome
  6. Disambiguate usage of the words autism and autistic, specifying whether they refer to the autism spectrum or to "autistic disorder" as defined by DSM-IV.
  7. Split and disambiguate articles that conflate pro-cure and anti-cure perspectives.
  8. Enforce consistency across categories, lists, and templates. For example Category:Films about autism, List of films about autism, and Template:Autism films should all have a matching list.


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WikiProject Autism (Rated Project-class)
WikiProject iconWikipedia:WikiProject Autism is within the scope of WikiProject Autism, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of all aspects of autism and Autistic culture on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
 Project  This page does not require a rating on the project's quality scale.
{{WikiProject Autism}} WikiProject Autism Talk Page Template For use at the header of all pages within the scope of the project.
{{wikipedia ads|ad=251}} WikiProject Autism Ad For use on userpages ONLY to recruit potential members and raise awareness of the project.
{{User WikiProject Autism}} Userbox For use on contributors' userpages
Click here for more autism-related userboxes.
Autism spectrum infinity awareness symbol.svgThis user is autistic.
Human brain.pngThis user is neurotypical.


Please add {{WikiProject Autism}} to the talk page of any article within the scope of WikiProject Autism. Once you do, you can see it in the list of the articles in Category:WikiProject Autism articles.

Article alerts[edit]

The article alerts page provides a daily summary of article work flows. By watching this page you will know which articles are involved in ongoing actions including, for example, deletion requests or good article nominations.

The new articles listing (please watch this list to get notifications of updates) provides a list of recently created articles. This is also transcluded on New articles which has some further comments. See also the bot activity log and The Rules for this report, which can be tuned or extended as necessary. You can find information about the rules at Compile the Rules.

Articles in need of attention[edit]

Stubs: Category:Autism stubs and Category:Stub-Class Autism articles

See Wikipedia:WikiProject Autism#Tasks for examples of how this section can be used.

Articles in need of assessments (grading)[edit]

Unassessed for quality: Category:Unassessed Autism articles

Unassessed for importance: Category:Unknown-importance Autism articles

See also: Wikipedia:WikiProject Autism/Assessment

Articles in need of creation[edit]

  1. Autism puzzle piece or similar title - puzzle pieces are a common symbol for autism and autism awareness. They are used in logos of many autism-related organizations, most notably the Autism Society of America and Autism Speaks. See also Jigsaw puzzle#Cultural significance.
  2. Autism Awareness - merge World Autism Awareness Day into this.
  3. Autistic Pride - merge Autistic Pride Day into this.
  4. Twainbow - "not-for-profit organization dedicated to advocacy for those under the double-rainbow of LGBT and autism."
  5. Tone It Down Taupe - an organization made in response to autism awareness campaigns, attempting to move the focus from awareness to acceptance. The title is a parody of Autism Speaks' Light It Up Blue initiative.
  6. Autistic culture#History
  7. Autism Women's Network (AWN) - an autism rights organization focused on the intersection of disability and feminism.
  8. Sharon da Vanport - co-founder and current president of AWN.
  9. Boycott Autism Speaks - an organization urging people to boycott companies that donate money to Autism Speaks.
  10. Amy Sequenzia - activist, writer, and poet prominent in the autism rights movement.
  11. Anthony Ianni - Michigan State University Basketball Player and National Motivational Speaker
  12. Paula Durbin-Westby - Autistic activist, organizer of Autism Acceptance Day.
  13. Christine Miserandino - author of the spoon theory and But You Don't Look Sick.
  14. Sounding the Alarm - film commissioned by Autism Speaks and released on Netflix.
  15. Ollibean - intersectional disability rights organization with a focus on neurodiversity.
  16. Alison Singer - former board member of Autism Speaks; co-founder of the Autism Science Foundation.
  17. Special interest (autism) - intense interests often mistaken for obsession. Special interest currently redirects to advocacy group.
  18. Functioning labels - the categorization of autistic people into a binary of "high-functioning" and "low-functioning", typically delineated by whether the person possesses verbal speech. The terms "mild" and "severe" may also be considered functioning labels.
  19. Thinking Person's Guide To Autism - collaborative information resource and publisher of the book by the same name
  20. Autistic meltdown or meltdown (autism) - often mistaken for tantrums in children and panic attacks in adults. Usually caused by sensory overload.
  21. Autistic burnout or a new section of burnout (psychology) - extreme loss of energy or ability after days or months of continuous effort, especially if passing.
  22. Everyday Heaven - fourth in a series of autobiographical books by Donna Williams. Preceded by Nobody Nowhere, Somebody Somewhere, and Like Colour to the Blind.
  23.  ?Daniel Lightwing - International Mathematical Olympiad participant, inspiration for X+Y film.

After creating a biographical article, be sure to add the subject to List of people on the autism spectrum.

Lists, categories and templates[edit]

The following is a list of lists, categories and templates. Editors can improve these by adding new examples and removing examples that are found to lack notability.

Before adding a new list or category, please note that Wikipedians only want to see new categories that are notable. The explanation at WP:OCTrivial is worth noting: "Avoid intersections of two traits that are unrelated, even if some person can be found that has both traits. For example, celebrities are usually notable for reasons other than being gamers." So while Stephen Wiltshire really is notable for being an autistic artist, people in occupations like dentistry or aviation are not. See WP:EGRS for further guidance.

Recognized content[edit]

Featured articles[edit]

Good articles[edit]

Did You Knows (DYKs)[edit]

"...that Sue Rubin, the subject of the documentary film Autism Is a World, was considered mentally challenged until she learned to communicate with a keyboard?" - 25 February 2005

"...that the film Autism Every Day, though praised by many parents of autistics, has been heavily criticized by people with autism?" - 8 June 2006

"...that Eric Schopler's research into autism led to the foundation of the TEACCH program?" - 18 July 2006

"...that in the 2007 documentary film Autism: The Musical, five autistic children in Los Angeles develop and star in an original stage production?" - 3 April 2008

"... that the author of Autism's False Prophets, a critique of claims that autism is linked to vaccines, reportedly received death threats?" - 19 November 2008

"... that Albert Einstein, according to writer Illana Katz, may have had autism?" - 3 December 2008

"... that John Travolta's older brother Joey Travolta produced the documentary film about autism Normal People Scare Me?" - 8 October 2009

"... that the Autism Act 2009 is the first ever disability-specific legislation to be passed in the United Kingdom?" - 12 December 2009

"... that Lizzy Clark, in the 2008 BBC film Dustbin Baby, is the first actor with Asperger syndrome to portray a character having it?" - 22 December 2009

"... that Portia Iverson's Strange Son documents how an autistic Indian boy and his mother traveled from India to California to help Iverson's son communicate?" - 7 September 2011

"... that 2012 Paralympic swimmer Mitchell Kilduff mentors other swimmers with autism?" - 29 August 2012

"... that Autism Cymru worked with the Welsh Government to develop the first national autism online community?" - 24 September 2012

"... that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won a record-tying seven Olivier Awards at the 2013 Laurence Olivier Awards on April 28, 2013?" - 15 May 2013

"... that Emily Willingham, a biologist from Texas, was called "one of the sharpest science writers in the blogosphere" by Steve Silberman?" - 26 November 2013

Formerly recognized content[edit]

Former featured articles[edit]

Former good articles[edit]

Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team release version selections[edit]


This project's parents are WikiProject Disability, WikiProject Psychology, and WikiProject Sociology.

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