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One of my favorite parts about being a self-advocate is speaking and educating people. I’m very lucky to have the verbal skills to do this and I consider myself an ambassador for the autism community. I speak at conferences, trainings, schools etc. I’ve gotten the opportunity to speak to doctors, parents, and the community at large. That being said, I have a huge issue with the way people come up to me and talk to me after a presentation or just out in public. Most people are well-intentioned, but they can be insulting and ignorant. The following is a list of some of the ways I’ve been approached.

1. “You are so articulate!” I hate this one. This usually happens

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