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Headphones As Accommodations: My Letter to Bose

Photo: Rafiq Sarlie. Creative Commons license. [Image: Headshot of olive-skinned man with eyes closed, seen from the side, wearing a dark knitted cap and blue headphones.] TPGA is observing Autism Acceptance Month by featuring accounts from autistic people about the differences accommodations (or lack thereof) make in their lives. Today’s story is from Tito Martin-Nemtin, about the difference his noise-cancelling headphones make in his ability to simply be in the outside world, without being completely overwhelmed. This is also Martin-Nemtin’s first foray into public writing. Tito Martin-Nemtin Every time I think about my noise-cancelling headphones, I consider sending Bose a letter. The closest I come to sending that letter is after I call Bose about a problem with my headphones — ideally, before the year-long warranty on them expires. I call when their internal technology breaks down, causing feedback in one of the ears; or a loosening in the plastic…