Elena is a 20 year-old autistic woman who lives in Fairfax, VA. Adopted from Russia, Elena experienced childhood in a new country with adoptive parents that assisted her with getting adjusted in public school. In this episode, Elena shares some of her experiences in mental healthcare systems from multiple states, grade school and college, and working through various social situations. Elena wants people to know that truly accepting others for their state of mental health requires patience, understanding, and a general refusal to make assumptions about people with disabilities.

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