Who I Am: My Journey From Internalized Ableism to Belonging

Who I Am: My Journey From Internalized Ableism to Belonging

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Who I Am: My Journey From Internalized Ableism to Belonging

I didn’t have many friends growing up. Part of it was the disability. Part of it was the mental illness — social anxiety, depression, and a dash of trauma for good measure. And part of it was the desire to not be seen hanging out with “people like me.” I wish I could chalk it up to being young and dumb. I wish the internalized ableism that pervaded my childhood was benign — a byproduct…

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