I think we are learning to think about neurodivergence as a culture, but we need more input and information from those who consider themselves part of that culture. I also think we need it presented in less threatening ways (as opposed to social media posts that more often than not exhibit anger and snippets of opinion). I have seen discrimination towards neurodivergence within the actual institutions and programs designed to support young people with Autism. People have much less support for and tolerance for adults on the spectrum vs. the children and young people they serve. This is wrong. This is also a huge hill to climb and opens the door to what the expectations for these institutions and programs are in regards to addressing the behaviors of the Autistic individual that others find unprofessional or disconcerting.
It is important to go back to our thoughts about “socially valid” interventions when thinking about “erasing” behaviors. First, I don’t think we are (or should be) “erasing” behaviors, but working on the appropriate time or place for the behaviors in an effort to reduce social stigma. Not all behaviors are welcome in our society and as much as we might want people to accept the divergent behaviors, many won’t. This can lead to isolation, anxiety, depression and an inability to be financially independent for the Autistic individual. I do believe, however that careful consideration must be applied so we are not determining which behaviors to address simply based on our own needs and through our own lenses.