“An increase in a person’s tendency to look at social information, for instance,” argues Thomas Frazier, “could indicate that a treatment is working.” In other words, the fact that actually-autistic people have an “atypical gaze” and “do not make the type of eye contact others generally expect” is seen by researchers and doctors as a flaw. It also equates the typical gaze with “social information” rather than considering the possibility that autistic people are attuned to or engaged in other sorts of “social information”, which would make the flaw a shared one in the social space between between typical and atypical brains. No, instead just assume that atypical means wrong, and structure the idea of treatment around changing them to be “normal” rather than changing “normal” to include them.

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