By Haley Moss, an autistic attorney, author and neurodiversity advocate.

“Are you sure you just want a Diet Coke?,” a colleague says to me almost every time we’re at a networking event, motioning toward the bartender or glancing at the glass of wine in their hand. This routine is fairly common to me: Grab a water or a Diet Coke, chit-chat with someone I haven’t seen in a while, and then inevitably be asked why I’m not drinking alcohol.

I like to be in control in professional settings, and . . .

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