I never expected I would embrace my autism as part of myself, that I would start an autistic community at my community college or advocate for the autistic community at my university. I did not expect to spend two years working for a postsecondary program that served the needs of students with disabilities or be in two postsecondary programs based on advocating for the rights of the disabled community. And all the Midwestern United States, which makes it even more surprising to me. But growing up I was ashamed of being autistic, made to believe that some part of me was inevitably and permanently wrong, no matter what was right. Not anymore. Today I work to change the minds of autistics who think such ways because disability is a natural part of life.