Field Notes 1/21/18: The Autism Paradox

Is [autism] a disorder to be diagnosed, or an experience to be celebrated? How can autism be something that must be ‘treated’ at one level, but also praised and socially accommodated at another? Many people in the neurodiversity community say that autism is just a natural variant in the human condition. But should autistic individuals have the same legal rights as everyone else? Or are their needs different, and if so, how?

Bonnie Evans. Aeon. The Autism Paradox.