Everyone’s experience with autism is different. In this reflective piece, college student Claire Bachman explains some of the challenges that she has faced throughout her education. Bachman is a student at Long Beach City College where, like many college students with autism, she struggles with independent living and certain social situations. In her piece, she discusses how her role models, such as her mother and Michelle Obama, inspire her. Still, she notes how learning to accept herself has become a key focus in her life at this time.
Note: The illustration above is made by Federica Bordoni. View her website, here.