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I think it is a mistake to feel that the search for treatments for autistic people in some way devalues their neurodiversity or is trying to erase autism. Autism can carry a burden of symptoms which children and their families can greatly desire to be alleviated. It isn't the autism per se that researchers are looking to treat anyway, it is far too complex a condition to view it that way. I don't see why some sort of treatment for autism is really much different from treating ADHD (which is co-morbid with autism as well). You can love, value and respect autism and austistic people, and still hope that science finds treatments that might be useful

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Agreed on the comorbidities. That's basically what I said in the main column: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.adq6625

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A very good, thoughtful and fair piece. Thank you.

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