Autism is a common, but invisible, condition, which is why its prevalence in society is not widely recognised. This is particularly true for women. Most autistic women are undiagnosed and many have no idea they are autistic. Myths and misunderstandings abound and often get in the way of autism being identified and understood.
This talk explores why autistic women have historically been under-identified and diagnosed, how this can change, and whether autism is different in women and men. The talk covers:
- Is there a female presentation of autism?
- Why are relatively few women diagnosed as autistic?
- How can we identify autistic women?
- Some famous autistic women.
Caroline Hearst trained as an art psychotherapist and achieved a diagnosis of autism in adulthood after years of personal therapy. She uses these experiences and her extensive knowledge of autism to offer enjoyable and informative talks and training aimed at increasing understanding and acceptance of autism.
The talk is provided by AutAngel which is a community interest company run by and for autistic adults to grow autistic community.