Q: What influences your work?
A: “I hope to make schools a better place for students with autism and other developmental disabilities. They are real people worth knowing whose bodies simply work differently. They can be good friends and citizens. But when I attended school, I often felt sad to be misunderstood because of the weird things I needed to do. To belong, we need to feel valued as we are, with our disabilities, and not be asked to pretend to be normal. Being asked to hide who we really are hurts. I like to send messages of hope and understanding from the real people who are inside bodies that work differently.”