Intersectionality, The Social Model of Disability, and Identity


  • Amy Kim University of Victoria



Autism, Intersectionality, Disability, Identity, Equity


The introductory graphic represents the identity conflict that the author experiences daily. The terms represent labels assigned to the author in the past, the barriers that Autistic people must constantly overcome, and some of the social rules the author has very consciously and intentionally adopted to "fit in" with society. The accompanying experience piece outlines some of the difficulties the author has experienced that suggest that there needs to be more awareness in Canadian society regarding autism and intersectionality. Anecdotally, there appears to be a need for increased access to diagnostic and clinical services across Canada for women across the spectrum, and further investigation into how disability, race, and gender interact. 


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How to Cite

Kim, A. (2021). Intersectionality, The Social Model of Disability, and Identity. Canadian Journal of Autism Equity, 1(1), 28–31.