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It’s not unusual for people to have a hard time knowing what to say or what to do with someone they feel is different than them. But those differences often come down to perception. Here are just some of the ways we can bridge the gap between those without disabilities and those with them. Spoiler, it mostly comes down to the Golden Rule: treat others as you would have others treat you.

Communication is always a two-way street. Russell Lehmann, an autistic poet who prefers the term “autistic” over “person with autism” (See #2), sums it up nicely: “Both sides of this issue are still trying to understand each other, and as long as we all continue to try to understand, that’s really all we can ask of one another.”