There are many misconceptions about autism spectrum disorder, from its causes to the characteristics and abilities of those on the spectrum. Sarah Kuriakose, PhD, clinical associate professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and clinical director of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Research and Clinical Program, explores and explains common myths including that vaccines cause autism, people on the spectrum don’t have feelings, or that they can’t go to college, have jobs, or get married.
“Just like with any other group, you shed your misconceptions when you have more close relationships with people in that group,” Dr. Kuriakose tells NY Metro Parents. “And so I really would encourage people to engage with lots of individuals with autism.”
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