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The broadening of the clinical definition of autism over time—the so-called, autism spectrum—has run in parallel with the growth of a neurodiversity movement that has reframed the concept of autism entirely. Without a coherent and evidence-based framework through which both of these advances can be situated, the field is at risk of losing definition altogether. In his commentary, Green describes such a framework, which has appeal because of its grounding in basic and clinical evidence, and its ability to guide its users through its real-world application in health care. An endless spectrum creates barriers to autistic children having their human rights met, but a denial of neurodiversity principles has the same effect. Green's framework holds great promise in coherently framing this sentiment. The real test of the framework is in its implementation, and all communities should walk that path together.
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