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Women's Autism Support Group

This project is aimed at women with autism who feel support services and diagnosis methods focus mostly on men, leaving women and girls behind.

One Year

Charity information: Cintre

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  • Need

    Need

    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a neurodevelopmental condition affecting social communication and understanding, is inherently male. From when it was first identified as a condition in the 1940s, research on autism has remained at an average of 5:1 male to female ratio. Even popular culture identifies autism with men, especially in films such as ‘Rain Man’ and ‘Adam’. This leaves women and girls with autism unsupported, overshadowed and misunderstood.

    Solution

    In establishing a Women’s Support Group, it will be possible to both raise awareness, and understanding of autism, but will also provide a platform for the clear gender issues, in and around autism to be discussed and confronted. Collecting the thoughts and insights of these women will contribute to an effort in including women in research, diagnosis and the support issues around autism.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve support services to women and girls with autism

    Activities

    » By holding a weekly support group exclusively for women who have been diagnosed with autism


    Aim 2

    Improve research around women with autism

    Activities

    » Hold discussions and share experiences making sure to monitor, evaluate and collect data by producing a shareable portfolio of stories.


    Aim 3

    Improve awareness and knowledge of autism

    Activities

    » Distributing professional information, sharing experiences, and opening discussions on coping strategies.


    Aim 4

    Build confidence and self-awareness in autistic women who have experienced gender discrimination

    Activities

    » Hold peer-to-peer support meetings to establish common ground and shared experiences, build support networks and encouragement


    Aim 5

    Decrease mental health issues related to autism

    Activities

    » Provide professional and peer support to those with mental health issues as a result of lack of support through autism diagnosis


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    Why Us?

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