1. I’m not sure I understand this question correctly, but I believe that my own ability to be humble and to apply skepticism to my own previously held and my profession’s values and understandings is improving all the time. I think, generally, the dominant culture is moving towards allowing more room for neurodivergent culture as it becomes more widely visible on social media, but we are certainly far from where we need to be. 
  2. No, I don’t believe there is a strong enough understanding of neurodivergent, non-normative behaviours for many clinicians to notice if/when their interventions are erasing aspects of individuals’ identities. I believe the mainstream school system itself is largely unaccepting of neurodiverse ways of being, and ABA professionals often have goals more in line with increasing compliance with dominant standards than with increasing awareness and acceptance of non-dominant values and behaviours. I think practitioners would all benefit from working on increasing our own ability to actively listen to alternative perspectives, realize that one’s own understanding is always limited, and to change one’s mind. Because of the “data-driven” nature of behaviour analysis, I think it can be tempting for practitioners to start feeling a bit infallible, or to become complacent in assuming that, as long as they are practicing ABA correctly, that they are absolutely doing what’s best for clients. I think it’s important not to fall into this trap and to stay humble and receptive to alternative information and insight from our clients, their families, and their cultural communities at large.
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