A. Autism has shifted from a perceived mental pandemic affecting the nations youth, to an understanding of a different population that learns differently, yet is just as capable of learning. The reason why this is important to educators is that over time teachers have learned about different learning methods and practices for students who learn differently, as well as for students of different backgrounds and experiences. The autistic spectrum is now no longer a stigma of illness or deficiency, but of different learning needs and requirements.

B. The critique of the over "medicalization" of society being because of the power of pharmaceutical companies is somewhat founded on the basis that more and more students are being diagnosed with different disorders, but lacks the context of increased awareness of educational needs. "Big pharma" isnt diagnosing children with ADHD or Aspergers, rather our cultural and educational awareness has increased to a point where we can see the different needs of different students.