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This paper is based on an autoethnographic research concerning my role as a parent and carer for my son, who has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I follow Barrett’s (2017) suggestion that parents of autistic children acquire skills as caregivers that enable them to act ethnographic researchers, and that they have privileged access to “hard-to-reach” research participants.
This work is based on experiences of education and socialization practices in the US, where my son was first diagnosed with an ASD, and later in Japan. I consider different strategies employed by various actors—including educational and medical authorities, parents, volunteer groups, NPOs, and kindergartens—in dealing with young individuals on the autism spectrum.