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American School is so bad that My Clearly Visible Disability was Never Identified
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American School is so bad that My Clearly Visible Disability was Never Identified

And I went to one of the "best" high schools in my state.

I am on the autism spectrum. I have some talents but also some disabilities which need remediating. Despite my strange behavior, even the "good" teachers in my high school (and my parents) went on about how lazy I was and never referred me for the help I needed. This continued in college.

In addition to the high cost and conformity of college, a couple of my teachers basically lied to me when I was struggling that I could "pull myself together", even though I clearly had visible issues. I would act strangely in class and was repeatedly humiliated for it. Getting a job requires a lot of social interaction, so I never found a job. Thank goodness I got help and now I am studying for an IT job.

The only good thing was I studied abroad in France for one semester and the main professor there was far more helpful than almost any teacher I had in America.
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