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Perspective: The role of diversity advisory boards in autism research




This article argues that using groups of individuals that specifically focus on addressing issues with diversity in autism research and autism intervention development are key in ensuring that a greater amount of racial, ethnic, and gender diverse autistic individuals are included in the research and that the research is addressing the needs of these individuals and groups. We call these groups a diversity advisory board. A diversity advisory board will help improve diversity in autism research and intervention development by making sure that autism researchers (1) are intentional about addressing issues of diversity in their research and (2) are able to recruit a greater number of autistic individuals with diverse identities, and (3) by giving greater consideration to the context of diverse autistic individuals which will help autism-focused interventions work better in community settings. We give a short description of these arguments and ideas for how to form and use a diversity advisory board.