A mother sits in a park with her arm around her son's shoulders.

They said that the chin punching was just a part of his autism. We went to the emergency room a couple times, and they would say to follow up with our psychiatrist because self-injurious behavior is part of autism. It really wasn’t. When we got a handle on his reflux, he didn’t punch himself anymore. So, we really want doctors to understand that people are more than their autism.

This Is Me

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we present the This Is Me exhibit. This Is Me amplifies the voices of individuals living with disabilities and chronic health conditions, caregivers and disability rights activists.