As part of our Stories from the Spectrum series, we’ve spoken to several people who have shared their experiences of being autistic and part of the BAME community. Our interviewees discussed attitudes towards autism within their communities, being a part of more than one minority group, and why it’s important to represent autistic people from all backgrounds.

"Race and autism intersect a lot and talking about race in autism conversations is so important.”
Iqra Babar

A note on the term 'BAME'

We recognise that not all members of this community will identify with the term 'BAME.' For instance, some people may prefer to identify as a 'Person of colour' (or PoC). Some people say that they find these terms too general, and prefer to use more specific language, relating to their own particular heritage, culture, or ethnic group (eg. Black, Asian, or Arabic). Some people identify as dual heritage (often used to describe somebody whose parents are from different ethnic or religious backgrounds to each other). 

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