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Blog:Spectrum Women- Stranger in a Strange Land: The Autistic Expatriate – Jeanette Purkis

Blog:Spectrum Women- Stranger in a Strange Land: The Autistic Expatriate – Jeanette Purkis

I was at a conference this week and it generated some interesting thoughts in my mind. The light bulb moment was when a speaker talked about their child being ‘resistant to using the telephone’. I would have said that the child didn’t like using the telephone and I think the speaker would have too if the child were not autistic. Autistic people are frequently pathologised and our experiences seen in terms of being somehow deficient

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Meet the Spectrum Women Book Authors: Barb Cook

Blog:Spectrum Women- Meet the Spectrum Women Book Authors: Barb Cook

The Spectrum Women and authors of this book, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism, felt it would be a great opportunity to tell you a little about ourselves and the reasons why we were part of this incredible project. Each Spectrum Woman has a unique story to tell and today, on the day the book has been released to the world,  we would like to introduce you to Barb Cook…  

Today our

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Blog:Spectrum Women- 15 THINGS YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY SAY TO AN AUTISTIC WOMAN

Blog:Spectrum Women- 15 THINGS YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY SAY TO AN AUTISTIC WOMAN

A Spectrum Women Compilation, edited by Becca Lory Hector, Jen Elcheson and Maura Campbell.

Contributors: Barb Cook, Dena Gassner, Renata Jurkevythz, Lisa Toner Morgan, Liane Holliday Willey, Christine Jenkins, Terri Mayne, Kate Ross, and Anita Lesko.

We received such an AUSOME response to our list of things you should NEVER say to an autistic woman that we had to compile a sister list for it of some really great things you could, and should, ABSOLUTELY

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Blog:Spectrum Women- 15 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER SAY TO AN AUTISTIC WOMAN

Blog:Spectrum Women- 15 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER SAY TO AN AUTISTIC WOMAN

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A Spectrum Women Compilation, edited by Jen Elcheson and Maura Campbell

Barb Cook, Dena Gassner, Renata Jurkevythz, Anita Lesko, Becca Lory, Terri Mayne, Jeanette Purkis, Kate Ross, Lisa Morgan

Content Warning: ableism, paternalizing, bullying, sexism (pretty much a smorgasbord of awful).

We present to you another collaborative piece where we discuss a bunch of things people should not say to autistic women (or, indeed, to any autistic person, female-presenting or

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Meet the Spectrum Women Book Authors: Dr Michelle Garnett

Blog:Spectrum Women- Meet the Spectrum Women Book Authors: Dr Michelle Garnett

The Spectrum Women and authors of this book, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism, felt it would be a great opportunity to tell you a little about ourselves and the reasons why we were part of this incredible project. Each Spectrum Woman has a unique story to tell and today we would like to introduce you to Dr Michelle Garnett…  

When Barb invited me to be a co-author of “Spectrum Women,” involving

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Blog:Spectrum Women- An open letter to 'martyr' parents – Jeanette Purkis

Blog:Spectrum Women- An open letter to 'martyr' parents – Jeanette Purkis

I will preface this by clearly stating that I have no issue with parents of autistic kids. It would be rude — and foolish — if I did, considering that a lot of my advocacy work is with parents. I recognise the vital role parents have in supporting their kids to grow to be strong and fulfilled autistic adults. Parenting can be very difficult and parents usually do an amazing job. This letter relates to

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Meet the Spectrum Women Book Authors: Samantha Craft

Blog:Spectrum Women- Meet the Spectrum Women Book Authors: Samantha Craft

Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism is now in its final stages of publication, preparing to be printed for the wide world to see by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, we, the Spectrum Women and authors of this book, felt it would be a great opportunity to tell you a little about ourselves and the reasons why we were part of this incredible project. Each Spectrum Woman has a unique story to tell and today

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Blog:Spectrum Women- My Pride by Jennifer O'Toole

Blog:Spectrum Women- My Pride by Jennifer O'Toole

I’m not proud to be autistic.

Which, I realize, may seem like an odd way to start a piece that’s meant to celebrate Autistic Pride Day. But it’s not. Not really, anyway. It just takes some explaining.

I played competitive tennis as a teenager. Twenty-five years later, I can clearly remember parents cheering courtside, our coach quick to praise us for making a strategic shot or communicating well with a doubles partner. It was, and

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Blog:Spectrum Women- If Neurodiversity Doesn't Challenge You, You're Not Doing It Right by Maura Campbell

Blog:Spectrum Women- If Neurodiversity Doesn't Challenge You, You're Not Doing It Right by Maura Campbell

“Would you like to pet the lambs?”  This story comes back to me whenever I have to check in with myself on whether I’m ‘doing neurodiversity right’.

Let me explain.

It was shortly after my son’s autism diagnosis, and many months before I’d cottoned on that I was also autistic. We were visiting an open farm as part of a large group of families, enjoying the opportunity to meet other parents raising kids on the

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Blog:Spectrum Women- My Pride by Jennifer O'Toole

Blog:Spectrum Women- My Pride by Jennifer O'Toole

I’m not proud to be autistic.

Which, I realize, may seem like an odd way to start a piece that’s meant to celebrate Autistic Pride Day. But it’s really not. Not really, anyway. It just takes some explaining.

I played competitive tennis as a teenager. Twenty-five years later, I can clearly remember parents cheering courtside, our coach quick to praise us for making a strategic shot or communicating well with a doubles partner. It was,

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Meet the Spectrum Women Book Authors: Terri Mayne

Blog:Spectrum Women- Meet the Spectrum Women Book Authors: Terri Mayne

Terri Mayne

Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism is now in its final stages of publication, preparing to be printed for the wide world to see by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, we, the Spectrum Women and authors of this book, felt it would be a great opportunity to tell you a little about ourselves and the reasons why we were part of this incredible project. Each Spectrum Woman has a unique story to

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Blog:Spectrum Women- I have a mental illness, I'm autistic and proud by Jeanette Purkis

Blog:Spectrum Women- I have a mental illness, I'm autistic and proud by Jeanette Purkis

This is a piece about mental illness and autism. It was quite difficult to write as it looks at issues of discrimination and exclusion from some parts of the autistic community. While it may be uncomfortable, issues like this need to be raised so we can address them.

The name of my personal blog is Jeanette Purkis: Thoughts on All Things Autism and Mental Health. Occasionally I get a comment saying ‘Autism is not a

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Meet the Spectrum Women Book Authors: Jeanette Purkis

Blog:Spectrum Women- Meet the Spectrum Women Book Authors: Jeanette Purkis

Photo credit: Stacey Smith, The Sisterhood Society

Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism is now in its final stages of publication, preparing to be printed for the wide world to see by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, we, the Spectrum Women and authors of this book, felt it would be a great opportunity to tell you a little about ourselves and the reasons why we were part of this incredible project. Each Spectrum Woman

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Exclusive: Diagnosis, anxiety & celebrating being Autistic. An in depth discussion with Barb Cook & Kate Gaster

Blog:Spectrum Women- Exclusive: Diagnosis, anxiety & celebrating being Autistic. An in depth discussion with Barb Cook & Kate Gaster

Barb Cook & Kate Gaster

Barb Cook, Editor in chief of Spectrum Women Magazine, joins Kate Gaster of Girls Autistic Journey for an in depth discussion on topics of diagnosis and the importance of getting one and how it can set you on a path of understanding yourself, plus anxiety and how it affects a significant part of the autistic population to an extremely high level, how it affects many aspects of life, and what

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Thoughts About Friendships by Kate Gaster

Blog:Spectrum Women- Thoughts About Friendships by Kate Gaster

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I decided to write a piece on friendships and autism because I feel there are some frequently asked questions that needed answering. The questions I ask myself below are just some of my thoughts and feelings as to what I feel other autistics would ponder themselves.

I want to be clear these are my personal feelings, perspectives, and thoughts. Not everyone will agree.

Do you think autistic people want friends?

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Just How Hard Can Easy Be? By Lisa Morgan

Blog:Spectrum Women- Just How Hard Can Easy Be? By Lisa Morgan

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I’d like to take a look at how hard ‘easy’ can be for an autistic person. For this purpose, I’m going to use actors in a play. The setting is a classroom.  The lead role is an autistic student (played by me). The supporting roles are comprised of the teacher, other students, and any aides in the room. The antagonist is the environment. Let’s take a moment and look at

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Meet the Spectrum Women Book Authors: Christine Jenkins

Blog:Spectrum Women- Meet the Spectrum Women Book Authors: Christine Jenkins

Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism is now in its final stages of publication, preparing to be printed for the wide world to see by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, we, the Spectrum Women and authors of this book, felt it would be a great opportunity to tell you a little about ourselves and the reasons why we were part of this incredible project. Each Spectrum Woman has a unique story to tell and today

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Blog:Spectrum Women- SWM presents Dr Isabelle Henault speaking with Christine Jenkins ~ Autistic Women and Intimate Relationships

Blog:Spectrum Women- SWM presents Dr Isabelle Henault speaking with Christine Jenkins ~ Autistic Women and Intimate Relationships

Image Copyright 2018 Christine Jenkins

Spectrum Women Magazine (SWM) presents an interview with Dr. Isabelle Hénault (psychologist and sexologist) speaking with SWM Correspondent Christine Jenkins about autistic women and intimate relationships. Topics discussed are safety, consent, naivety, how to read the signals, and misreading intentions. Dr. Hénault also gives insight to the upcoming clinical guidelines for identifying autistic females, and on sexuality and the law.

Recording date May 12, 2018 Montreal, Canada.

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