A really good example of a microaggression from systematic ableism in american society is that in public speaking classes you’ll lose points on graded speeches if you don’t make enough eye contact. As someone who’s autistic and struggles with sensory processing in addition to a very avoidant personality, it’s extremely unfair to take away points for my inability to make consistent and frequent eye contact with those in my audience. Even in one-on-one conversation, you can easily notice that I will spend more time looking in a different direction than making eye contact. It’s not because I’m disinterested in the conversation, or not trying to speak directly to others, it’s because making eye contact makes me uncomfortable and distressed, and to give me a lower grade based on a habit that was developed from a disability of mine is ableism no matter how you look at it (no pun intended). It’s no different than docking points from someone with a physical disability that prevents them from doing certain exercises in a phys ed class. It’s unfair to grade an autistic person’s abilities that are specifically impaired by their autism, and not many people realize or say anything about it.