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Blog:Spectrum Women- WOMEN & GIRLS RESEARCH – TIZARD University of Kent

Blog:Spectrum Women- WOMEN & GIRLS RESEARCH – TIZARD University of Kent

WOMEN & GIRLS RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS WANTED Are you a late-diagnosed autistic woman*? Are you the parent/carer of an autistic woman or girl? Do you self-identify as an autistic woman? Are you a professional who comes into contact with autistic women or girls? If so, we want to hear from you! Researchers at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent are designing a screening tool for autism, which

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Blog:Spectrum Women- How Meditation Has Helped Me by Anlor Davin

Blog:Spectrum Women- How Meditation Has Helped Me by Anlor Davin

First of all, I want to state that I am privileged and my basic survival needs are covered. Nowadays, and for the past ten years or so, I can make ends meet.  I am, by the standards of most “civilized countries” (not in all domains…), rather poor.  I am disabled, often invisibly, due to my autism. I live with my partner in a one bedroom rented apartment; we do not have a car, and I

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Lost – With a Map

Blog:Spectrum Women- Lost – With a Map

Introducing… Life Through the Lens of Autism, a new monthly column for Spectrum Women’s magazine for all women living with autism.  Written from the unique point of view of a spectrum woman who started life after college as a computer science engineer back in the 80’s, a single parent, mother of four (2 biological, 2 adopted from China), teacher of students with special needs, enjoys cats of all ages, survivor of suicide loss, author, advocate,

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Lost – With a Map by Lisa Morgan

Blog:Spectrum Women- Lost – With a Map by Lisa Morgan

Meandering through conversations is like trying to find your way somewhere on a map.  You think you know where the conversation is going.  You’re following the words people are saying, just like following the legend on a map.  Words are the map of the conversation. Then, all of a sudden, you’re lost!  The words are no longer making any sense and you are lost in the conversation.  You listen, concentrate on the words, try to

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Blog:Spectrum Women- “What IS Wrong With People?” Struggling to comprehend injustice by Janine Kharey

Blog:Spectrum Women- “What IS Wrong With People?” Struggling to comprehend injustice by Janine Kharey

I believe that altruism is at the center of how civilizations managed to be successful. I don’t think humans could have survived long in self-serving society. There must be something in us that makes us care about more than just getting our own needs met, yet tales of cruelty, injustice and man’s inhumanity to man bombard us.

As an elementary teacher my life was deeply enriched by the beautiful souls that passed through my classroom.

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Self-Protection by Jeanette Purkis

Blog:Spectrum Women- Self-Protection by Jeanette Purkis

I was in a documentary alongside three other autistic people which aired in 2010. In one scene, the four of us are having a conversation. One person, Akasha, said ‘The amount of money I have been ripped off is getting close to $500,000’. The other three of us all nodded in a very knowing way. I’m not sure about $500K but I have definitely been ripped off a lot of money over the years. I

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Anxiety and Autism Art by Dr Holly Priddis

Blog:Spectrum Women- Anxiety and Autism Art by Dr Holly Priddis

©2018 Holly Priddis. Holly’s Brain

I have always loved to create since I was quite young. I dreamt of being a writer and loved immersing myself in fantasy plot-lines, tapping furiously on my old school typewriter, or drawing abstract images on my art pad as a teen. In my early twenties once I became a mother I did not have much time to be creative while raising our 4 children, and slowly all my

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Blog:Spectrum Women- My Gratitude List by Jen Elcheson

Blog:Spectrum Women- My Gratitude List by Jen Elcheson

Recently, I was talking with a friend I had not spoken to in a while. As I updated her on all the current happenings in my life, we both came to the realization that I have much to be grateful for right now and should write something about gratitude; so when things get bumpy, I will have something to fall back on. Also, as my autism diagnosis/professional identification turns 20 this year, it could not

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Living with Suicide Ideation by Lisa Morgan

Blog:Spectrum Women- Living with Suicide Ideation by Lisa Morgan

*** Trigger Warning – the article is about suicide ideation.  ***

I’m sitting alone.  I can hear the clock ticking.  I can hear cars out on the road.  I’m physically alone, which usually is ok, but not tonight.  Tonight it’s difficult because I’m also emotionally alone.  I feel no connection to another person.  The aloneness is palpable.  How can I feel so utterly alone in a world with billions of people?

My thoughts are with

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Blog:Spectrum Women- TOP TIPS FOR SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS WHEN YOU'RE ON THE SPECTRUM ~ by Maura Campbell

Blog:Spectrum Women- TOP TIPS FOR SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS WHEN YOU'RE ON THE SPECTRUM ~ by Maura Campbell

With Christmas fast approaching, our resident Agonising Auntie has put together some top tips on how to survive the festive season if you’re autistic. Whether you’re ‘ho ho ho!’ or ‘no, no, no!’, we hope these will help you have a happier holiday…

1. Be a party pooper!

If you dread the thought of the office Christmas party, either politely decline the invitation or have an exit strategy for when you need to leave –

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Interview: Meet Cynthia Zuber

Blog:Spectrum Women- Interview: Meet Cynthia Zuber

Spectrum Women Magazine Interview by Jen Elcheson

Cynthia Zuber is a health and wellness writer from the U.S. who lives in the state of Minnesota with her husband, their adorable dog Jonah, and their 18 year old black cat, Juniper. 

Cynthia, now 43, professionally identified as having Asperger’s (which in North America, according to the DSM-5 is ASD Level 1, or autism) at age 40, recently joined the autistic blogosphere with her Facebook based blog,

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Blog:Spectrum Women- THE INVISIBLE PRICE OF ACCOMMODATION — Renata Jurkevythz

Blog:Spectrum Women- THE INVISIBLE PRICE OF ACCOMMODATION — Renata Jurkevythz

Every accommodation provided for a person with a disability, be it physical or mental, visible or invisible, is usually perceived as something they are getting “for free”. Something is being facilitated for them in a way it wouldn’t for a person without said disability. Supposedly, it is understood that it is not an advantage, but a way to make things less difficult, or simply possible, for someone already struggling with things that are taken for

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Blog:Spectrum Women- AASET: Standing up for the Change in Health Care Futures for Autistic Women

Blog:Spectrum Women- AASET: Standing up for the Change in Health Care Futures for Autistic Women

Autistic Adults and other Stakeholders Engage Together (AASET) is a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute engagement project that aims to create a group of community stakeholders and researchers. Our group has anticipated in developing a common agenda to address the most pressing issues facing autistic adults. In that process, the project asked stakeholders how, when, and why they would want to be engaged in research.

In this project, we have learned that one very important priority

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Blog:Spectrum Women- AUTISM, LITERALLY!

Blog:Spectrum Women- AUTISM, LITERALLY!

A Spectrum Women collaboration, edited by Maura Campbell, with Barb Cook, Jen Elcheson, Christine Jenkins, Terri Mayne, Kate Ross and Lisa Toner Morgan.

Us folks on the autistic spectrum have a tendency to take things a bit too literally sometimes. Even when we get the meaning of a phrase, though, our active imaginations mean we can have great fun when we take things verbatim…

1. “I’ll have to call you back — I’m in the

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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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