To me, normal is playing by the rules to the best of your abilities, standing up for yourself when you really need to. It is also being productive and helping others when it is really called for. It has been assumed that I don’t want to speak when I really do. My actions have been mistaken for being disrespectful. In my past, I have been called the F word. I have been compared to others who have looked or acted nothing like I do. Self-Advocacy is not allowing others to preempt you and you can make choices for yourself.