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The Autism History Project

The Autism History Project is a new website that provides an extensive exploration of autism and a multitude of information sources together within one archive.

The website was created by Ellen Herman, a professor of History at the University of Oregon. Herman is also a codirector of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and the vice provost for Academic Affairs. The project was based on work supported by the UO through a Summer Research Award as well as a Fellowship form the American Council of Learned Societies.

Launched in January 2019, the website is now available to anyone interested in learning about autism. Included is a timeline of key events in recognition and understanding of autism, biographies on prominent people in autism history, and a breakdown of vocabulary that has shaped society’s perception of autism. The site is also a resource for information about the history of medicine, human sciences, and social welfare.