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Life Through the Lens of Autism: Defining Success by Lisa Morgan

August 10, 2019 Spectrum Women

I have never really known how to define success.  For me, it has always seemed connected to how I’m feeling and subjective to circumstances. Along with being diagnosed as autistic later in life, come holes in my general knowledge of life.  Ideas and concepts I probably would have learned if I was included in the social life of school and society while growing up. I’m gradually filling in the holes of my knowledge, such as defining success. For example… the other day, a program manager came to my home to introduce a new support person to help a family member.  […]

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Interview with Author of Uncomfortable Labels, Laura Kate Dale by Yenn Purkis

July 10, 2019 Spectrum Women

In this interview, author Laura Kate Dale discusses her new book Uncomfortable Labels with Spectrum Women Pride Page editor and autistic and non-binary advocate Yenn Purkis. The book is an autobiographical account of Laura’s life as a gay autistic trans woman. Why do you think you weren’t diagnosed as autistic sooner? I think for me personally, the issue was two-fold. Firstly, I was the kind of child on the autism spectrum who presented at a young age as very rule following, very detail oriented, and very able to follow set instructions. I wasn’t physically aggressive during meltdowns and was generally […]

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What I like by Jenny Snyder

July 6, 2019 Spectrum Women

People make autism out to be scary and pitiable. But there are lots of things I LIKE about being autistic. Focus:  Focusing on an activity is incredibly energizing. You could say I have a one-track mind. I am good at certain kinds of things because it’s easy to totally commit myself to some drive and I am pretty much single minded.  Thoughts are like drugs to me.  A few times in my life people have commented, “You think too much,” like my focus was weird, but I love the non-stop inner deliberations.  My mind is not a bad place to […]

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Spectrum Women’s new Pride Page – An introduction from topic editor Yenn Purkis

July 4, 2019 Spectrum Women

‘I thought this site was about autism, not gender’ said one irate visitor to my page after I posted a meme about gender diversity and autism earlier this year. In fact, the way I see it, if you are talking about autism you need to be talking about gender diversity too. Recent research shows that autistic people are 7.5 times more likely to be trans and gender diverse than the general population[1]. That is a lot of trans autistic people! Anecdotally that statistic is borne out in my own experience. I know a lot of other autistics who are non-binary, […]

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Laughter Means Something was Funny By Lisa Morgan

June 29, 2019 Spectrum Women

‘Laughing all the way to the bank’… I tried it once, but only made it halfway.  My sides hurt, I was holding onto the steering wheel with one hand and wiping the tears of laughter out of my eyes with the other hand.  I’m lucky I even made it to the bank! Ok, yes, I like to have fun with idioms sometimes. I do have a point to this, I really do.  I was just reading an article* from a Scientific American (SA) blog called, “Autism: More than Meets the Eye”.  Haha!  I just pictured someone named ‘Morethan’ meeting someone […]

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Seeing the Unseen Premiere Thursday June 6, 2019

June 6, 2019 Spectrum Women

By Christine Jenkins, Spectrum Women Magazine international correspondent. I talked recently with Kristín Vilhjálmsdóttir about this new documentary. She is a translator based in Reykjavik, Iceland, and one of the 17 voices in the 90-minute film, Seeing the Unseen.  When you consider the whole population of her country is 340,000, about one third of my urban municipality of Ottawa, Seeing the Unseen is a major achievement. It looks at the lives of 17 teen girls and women on the autistic spectrum and is presented by the Icelandic Autistic Society.   The narration is based on a large portion of the poem […]

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Life Through the Lens of Autism: Condition? What Condition? by Lisa Morgan

May 28, 2019 Spectrum Women

I don’t have a condition, do you?   I’m an autistic adult and I keep reading about my “condition”, wondering if “they” know something about myself that I’ve missed.  I think I’m the expert at knowing me.  Now, I read that I have a condition.  Honestly, it’s insulting, demeaning, and offensive to me, but to be fair, I’m going to take an objective look at my life to see if I can find this condition “they” are talking about. Ok, so as far as I know, I’m in working condition for the most part.  I mean, I am well beyond the […]

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Processing…. Please Wait by Terri Mayne

May 21, 2019 Spectrum Women

Them: “Hey, can you get me that thing from on top of that shelf?” Me: “What?” Them: Can you ge–” Me: Oh yeah sure Them: ??? You hear the question, it doesn’t compute right away, you say “What?” as a kind of placeholder whilst you make sense of it, then just as the other person starts to repeat themselves thinking you’ve not heard them properly, you finally process the question and the penny drops and you answer fully, leaving the other person somewhat bewildered as to how you apparently didn’t hear but worked it out anyway. When your brain processes […]

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Global News Bulletin: 1st Women’s Meet-up at INSAR 2019

May 11, 2019 Spectrum Women

We did it!  The first known INSAR meet-up of 8 autistic women was held May 2 at the hotel room shared by Spectrum Women Magazine (SWM) Correspondent Christine Jenkins and Dori Zener.  There were several more invited who didn’t make it.  We had representatives from three Canadian provinces, the US and the UK.   Women made up the greater part of the largest contingent of autistics ever at INSAR thanks to a new lower registration fee.  I sold 6 copies of Spectrum Women (one to Nirit, a researcher from Israel) and I hope many new friendships were formed. ~ Christine   […]

Life Through the Lens of Autism

Life Through the Lens of Autism: The Growing Pains of a Comfort Zone

May 11, 2019 Spectrum Women

by Lisa Morgan I recently spent a few days at a conference where I had the opportunity to share my story with an audience of about 60 people.  I was not only telling about my lived experience with suicide loss as an autistic adult, I was also advocating for crisis supports for the autism community.  I wanted to do this, knowing ahead of time that nothing good is ever easy. Attending the conference required me to travel about 2/3 across the continental US, present a Thought Leader speech for an hour, be exposed to many types of social situations, and […]

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