While the non-autistic population may understand and be aware of what autism is, this does not necessarily equate to autism acceptance. Feeling accepted as an autistic individual could impact on one’s well-being (see Dr Cage’s The Conversation article on autism acceptance for more on this topic). This research area seeks to understand what acceptance means to autistic people and their identity and what we can do to improve autism acceptance in non-autistic people. Particularly, this research will endeavour to test how teaching or training about neurodiversity might impact on acceptance in university settings (and eventually beyond!).
Cage, E., Di Monaco, J., & Newell, V. (2018). Experiences of autism acceptance and mental health in autistic adults. Journal of Autism and Developmental disorders, 48(2), 473-484. Open Access here: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10803-017-3342-7