Critical autism studies is a broad umbrella term that encompasses the work of activists and academics interested in disrupting dominant understandings of autism as a fixed, biomedical disorder – something to be intervened into and potentially cured.

Academics in iHuman are interested in what they see as the socio-cultural production of autism.  They focus on; when and where the category of autism appears and disappears;whose purpose the category serves; and the impact of the category on those who attract of claim the label of autism. Critical autism studies researchers in iHuman have led the way in re-thinking autism and exposing the commodification of a category which has too often been used to exclude people from the category of the human.