I am all for accessibility going mainstream except for when it ends up devaluing the accessibility need.
With fidget spinners, emotional support animals, weighted blankets, and gluten-free food the outcomes have all been different. /1
Fidget spinners are cool and were helpful for many people with attention and movement related disabilities as a calming device. But then lots of other kids started to use them and bring them into the classroom, and then teachers medicalized the situation. Not good.
Emotional support animals turned into a joke so the people for whom have in the presence of an animal is enormously beneficial to their mental health get stigmatized. /3