• Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

    Disability Free December — Linda Wemyss

    A few years ago, I had had enough of disability to last me a lifetime. I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) which involves faulty collagen, which is the glue that holds our bodies together, so I am literally falling apart. Ehlers Danlos in my case, involves multiple joint dislocations and [...]
  • Autism April

    Disclosure – The Pros and Cons – Maura Campbell

    Whether to disclose an autism diagnosis is an important issue for many newly diagnosed adults. I would never presume to tell someone in that position what to do, though I would encourage them to take a bit of time to think about it.  What is said cannot subsequently be unsaid. [...]
  • Autism April

    “Autism Saved My Life” By Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS

    For 36 of my 40 years, I was disabled. I was cut off from the world but for the tiny bubble that was my bedroom. Barely able to care for myself, angry, scared and lonely, I felt hopeless and broken. Suicidal thoughts were a daily reminder of my inadequacies and [...]
Featured

How does it feel, to live in my “own world” ~ Renata Jurkevythz

by Spectrum Women in Featured

A very common statement people make about autistics is how they “live in their own world”. For non-autistics it can very much look like the person is locked in, in a parallel world, not acknowledging what goes on around them. For each individual on the autism spectrum, this “inner world” definitely feels different and may have an effect on their interactions with the world around them. Here, I want to explain my personal experience of [...]

Walking Africa for Autism – An Inspirational Interview with Abby Brooke

by Spectrum Women in Autism April

I met the exceptional, creative, and compassionate Ms. Abby Brooke quite a few years ago on Facebook through some other autistic women friends and we immediately formed a friendship. Abby resides in Kenya and has founded an organization to raise much needed autism awareness and acceptance by walking on foot [...]

Through My Eyes as an Autistic Mum – Elle Cook

by Spectrum Women in Autism April

When I was asked to write a piece for The Spectrum Women Magazine I was blown away by the invitation. Who me? Little ol’ me? What would I have to offer any other Autistic woman in the world? I know that many Autistic women may feel similar. The world today [...]

How I Learned To Love Having My Period as an Autistic Woman – Kate Ross

by Spectrum Women in Autism April

VAGINA!! Now that I’ve got that out of the way, we can get down to business. This article will be using blunt and factual language which may make some readers squeamish, but my aim is to help start a conversation and not to offend. As women, we all share the commonality of experiencing menstruation, more colloquially [...]

My Autism Utopia – Nelle Frances

by Nelle Frances in Autism April

Do I have an Autism Spectrum condition; am I Autistic, or am I a person with Autism?  After 26 years on this journey I still don’t know. Do I want to Light it up Blue for autism awareness / acceptance / understanding / action? Or do I want to be Autism Aware [...]
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Research Studies

Developing a National Guideline for Autism Diagnosis in Australia – Viewpoint Survey – Autism CRC

April 24, 2017

Australia’s first ever national guideline for diagnosing autism is under development. We strongly believe that these guideline should be informed by the needs and wants of people with lived experience of receiving a diagnosis and not just the perspectives of health professionals, service providers and policy makers. This research project is about creating the opportunity for this to happen. Please share this study with family members, friends, members and clients so as many people as possible can share their views. Who can participate?  Adolescents (12 year and over) and adults with a diagnosis of ASD under the DSM-5 (or equivalent […]

Featured

Living Through Suicide Loss – A Conversation with Author Lisa Morgan

March 2, 2017

Losing a loved one is never easy, let alone losing someone through suicide. The impact is enormous and devastating. The pain, grief and often confusion that are faced for those experiencing the loss through suicide can be intense, especially for those on the autism spectrum. Lisa Morgan gives a heartfelt personal account of loss through suicide of a close family member. From this extremely distressing and challenging part of her life, Lisa felt the need to convey her experience with fellow autistics, giving insightful support during such a difficult experience. Barb: Thank you for taking the time today in talking […]

Featured

Autistic Women, Pregnancy and Motherhood – Lana Grant

February 16, 2017

I was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in 2007 at the age of 38. I was already a mother of five children when I received my diagnosis. The process was not straightforward and it followed on, as is quite common, from one of my son’s diagnosis of Asperger syndrome. Two years later I was pregnant with my youngest child. As I had my diagnosis I decided to use Mr. Google to see if I could connect with other autistic, pregnant women. Unfortunately, the results returned were not exactly what I was looking for. If you type in pregnant + autistic you […]

Latest News

The Chameleons: Women with Autism

June 19, 2016

We often hear about autism in men, but rarely in women. SBS The Feed, looks at three different generations of women living with autism and how the stigma of the condition is amplified. We often hear about autism in men, but rarely in women. The Feed looks at three different generations of women living with autism and how the stigma of the condition is amplified by gender. More than 200,000 Australians have autism. It’s diagnosed four times more in males than in females and some experts in the field believe this reflects a failure of diagnostic processes rather than a […]

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Latest Book Releases

Book Releases

Living Through Suicide Loss with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ~ Lisa Morgan M.Ed.

November 20, 2016

An Insider Guide for Individuals, Family, Friends, and Professional Responders Losing someone to suicide brings daily tribulations and long-term challenges. These challenges are exacerbated when you have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This book looks at how suicide loss is experienced and processed by people who have ASD, and how they can be supported by those around them. Losing someone to suicide can open up a world of pain, confusion and grief, and for people with ASDs, the effect can be acute and extremely challenging. Reaching out to fellow Aspies, Lisa Morgan proffers her insight and advice to ensure that others […]

Book Releases

The A to Z of ASDs – Rudy Simone

August 24, 2016

Aunt Aspie’s Guide to Life Rudy Simone. Foreword by Stephen M. Shore Aunt Aspie’s A to Z of sassy, no-nonsense advice covers all the topics adults on the autism spectrum need to know about. Delivered with humour, this book discusses dating and diets and talks about trust and travel. The array of topics in this book leave no issue unexplained. The A to Z of ASDs is a one-stop shop for adults on the autism spectrum in the form of an alphabetical guide to an array of challenging topics. From anxiety to zen meditation, compassion to self-esteem, dating to socializing […]

Book Releases

Exploring Depression, and Beating the Blues – Tony Attwood Michelle Garnett

August 24, 2016

A CBT Self-Help Guide to Understanding and Coping with Depression in Asperger’s Syndrome [ASD-Level 1] Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett. Illustrated by Colin Thompson., illustrated by Colin Thompson   Understand depression and how to cope with this self-help guide designed specifically for individuals on the autism spectrum. It includes a 10-stage CBT self-help programme with self-assessment tools and activities. For people with ASDs, depression is common, and has particular features and causes. This outstanding book provides a comprehensive review of these aspects, and an effective self-help guide for anyone with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affected by depression. Written by […]

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