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Why This Twitter Thread About Accommodating Neurodiverse People Matters to the Autistic Community

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Recently, a tweet by an autistic mother of an autistic child went viral — and sparked a necessary conversation about accommodating neurodiverse people.

In her powerful tweet, she shared that her son struggled to tie his shoes, so rather than subject him to behavioral therapy to force him to learn how to lace his shoes, she simply bought him shoes without laces.

The tweet has garnered a variety of supportive responses from autistic adults — nearly all of whom reinforce the idea that people on the autism spectrum should not be forced into meeting arbitrary “neurotypical” milestones.

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