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Please welcome first-time contributor Girl Gasper, a woman who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Depression, and Anxiety disorder, as well as a mild intellectual disability. Girl Gasper has both struggled and persevered in the face of adversity. Her hope is to prove that there is no such thing as mild, high, or low disability. People should equally value those with disabilities, and consider their personhood, their contributions, their full potential and full range of abilities, just like anyone else.

About this photo: “This photo was an act of courage. I had to put my personal flaws on display to make the point I wanted to share in this piece so it’s very personal to me. Sometimes we can feel out of place, terrified, exposed. Sometimes we need someone to reach out; to reassure us we aren’t alone, invisible or shunned. We aren’t bad people, we are human.

Find more from her on her website.


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7 comments on “Exposed

  1. lmarea3070
    September 20, 2016

    Great concept! Was the class room actually full or did you do some photoshop?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Jaeda DeWalt
    September 20, 2016

    I love this! Fascinating, compelling and thought-provoking. What a brave and courageous way to convey such a powerful and poignant message.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Secret Keeper
    September 20, 2016

    Wow. This is so beautiful and powerful. Thank you for your courage to share!


  4. Cla-c
    September 21, 2016

    wonderful!!! very brave and very true .Love it !!


  5. autisticaplanet
    September 21, 2016

    Bold. I have autism, too.


  6. BookOfBokeh
    September 21, 2016

    Courageous and powerful.


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