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Countering Neurodiversity Misinformation on KPCC’s Air Talk

Rosa’s son out in the community, enjoying a local aquarium [image: White teen boy with short curly brown hair, seen from the back, in front of a large public aquarium.] Shannon Des Roches Rosa @shannonrosa I was recently invited to be a guest on National Public Radio affiliate KPCC’s AirTalk, to provide a contrasting perspective to science writer Moheb Constandi’s Aeon article Against Neurodiversity. What follows is the transcript of our conversation, which was only 23 minutes long and in which I suspect neither of us covered all the points we wanted to make. However, before diving in, I have to state that I truly regret not speaking out about how absurd it is when writers like Mr. Costandi claim to champion autistic self-advocates with intellectual disability or speech disabilities, yet don’t even bother to get a single such person’s opinions. To see what self-advocate Ivanova Smith has to say…