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Not Quite Autistic: What's in My Neurodiversity Grab Bag

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“There’s no such thing as being a little bit autistic.” I’ve heard this phrase many times. It’s a common refrain in the autistic community, and for good reason.

Whether they’re stereotyped as Rain Man or subjected to damaging “therapy” like ABA that punishes them for flapping their hands, autistic people experience so much judgment just for being who they are.

And in a society where neurotypical people toss out diagnoses flippantly, saying things like “I’m so OCD” because they like to keep their home organized, it’s understandable that autistic people fiercely defend the boundaries of their condition.

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