I had never before thought about my life and where I am now in these terms: from ableist to self-advocate.
It might seem strange to think that I could have sabotaged myself into saying things that diminished my life and my struggles. But I did. And I believe this is not very uncommon.
From the moment I began to type until I finally let my voice reveal my real thoughts, I typed stereotypes and misconceptions about myself, about autism, about life as an autistic.
I was a child who had just started to type and some people saw that I had intelligence to be explored. But according to pretty much everyone I was “trapped,” “suffering from this terrible impairment” and “isolated from real life” - I “had autism.”
Women with Asperger Syndrome: Staying Healthy and Safe
Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 9:15AM to 12:00PM Eastern Time, USA
AANE Main Office
51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
In sharing her inspiring story, Professor Liane Holliday Willey makes it clear that it is possibile to not only survive- but thrive. Addressing the trials and tribulations women with AS face that can endanger their happiness, self-esteem, and quality of life, Liane speaks from personal experience with predators, self-injury, depression, and anger. Sponsored by the Pomroy Foundation.
Girls and Women with an ASD, Contribute to Our New Book!
A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum
Written by Shana Nichols, PhD
Happy holidays and happy New Year everyone!
I am the lead author of the book Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum, which many of you are familiar with, in part because of your contributions of your experiences to the book. Again, thank you! I am currently writing a companion book for pre-teen and teen girls themselves to read titled A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum. My co-author, Brigid Rankowski, is a college student with AS. This book is under contract with Jessica Kingsley Publishers, and at this time we are looking for short contributions from girls and women.
If you (as an adult on the spectrum), or your daughter would be interested in sharing an experience, or advice related to growing up as a female with an ASD, I would love to hear from you. We are looking for 50-200 word narratives about any topic related to growing up. Some examples include: