Evidence, A Working Definition



*Evidence, as defined for purposes of this post and for much of this blog, is:

"Shared experience of many Autistics, whether or not supported by research utilizing the "scientific method," randomized controlled studies, or other peer-reviewed journal articles." Where a number of Autistics have had similar experiences, ways of perceiving the world, compensatory strategies, learning styles, etc., those will be considered evidence, as in the definition below: "A thing of things helpful in forming a conclusion or judgment." Rhetoric that dismisses Autistic experience and expertise because of a narrow definition of what is acceptable as "true about autism" (with Autistics often being disincluded from "real" research anyway), will not be a deterrent on the #AutismExperts site. 
Autistic experience, especially when shared and reported by many Autistics, is evidence.


from the Free Dictionary http://www.thefreedictionary.com/evidence

ev·i·dence
 


n.
1. A thing or things helpful in forming a conclusion or judgment: The broken window was evidence that a burglary had taken place. Scientists weigh the evidence for and against a hypothesis.
2. Something indicative; an outward sign: evidence of grief on a mourner's face.
3. Law The documentary or oral statements and the material objects admissible as testimony in a court of law.
tr.v. ev·i·dencedev·i·denc·ingev·i·denc·es
1. To indicate clearly; exemplify or prove.
2. To support by testimony; attest.
Idiom:
in evidence
1. Plainly visible; to be seen: It was early, and few pedestrians were in evidence on the city streets.
2. Law As legal evidence: submitted the photograph in evidence.