“Friends Give Meaning to Life:” Reframing Friendship for Individuals with Autism that Type to Communicate

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Jessica K. Bacon
Fernanda Orsati
Scott Floyd
Hesham Khater


friendships, communication, disability studies


We, two able-bodied authors and two authors with autism, use a disability studies framework to understand our experiences of friendship. Taken from a series of recorded conversations over the course of a year, this project describes the development, maintenance, and complications related to our experiences with friendship, including: reframing of friendships, respect for communication, facilitator roles and support, interdependence and reciprocity, and permanency in relationships.

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