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Beth Radulski Graduate Researcher, Sociology

Elizabeth Radulski is an Autism researcher, autoethnographer, and sociologist. Her PhD is being undertaken in joint partnership with La Trobe University's Department of Social Inquiry, and the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, and is the first project of its type to partner the two departments. This interdisciplinary approach explores Autism activism within the Neurodiversity movement, and examines how these campaigns reflect and challenge the socioeconomic marginalisation of Autistic people. In particular, Elizabeth is interested in socio-historically contextualising the prevalence of Autistic ‘masking’, and questioning whether it can be understood as a form of assimilation and social oppression. The overall aim of her research is to facilitate social, educational, and employment accessibility for Autistic people, by problematising and reducing the expectation of masking in these environments. Elizabeth has been involved with undergraduate teaching at La Trobe University since 2017, and is a strong proponent of increasing Autistic representation at a research and teaching level.

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