In school I didn’t want to show that I had a disability or for others to think there was something mentally wrong with me. I needed help but was afraid where that would land me. I wanted to do things the same as everyone else.

Today the fact that I live in two worlds at once is still a challenge for me. But since I joined self-advocacy that is when my disability pride was complete. Now I am not afraid to express who I am and how I learn. I connect with people who learn from me and I learn from them. I love learning from the two worlds I live in. I can see what we have to do to get the two sides to come together and be one.

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