Women and Equalities Committee, Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5 in the UK

17th December 2016 In response to the invitation by the Women and Equalities Committee’s inquiry on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5 in the UK, I welcome the opportunity to contribute on the unmet needs of women and girls that are autistic, have an autism spectrum condition. My advocacy has focused on policymaking and research on autistic women and girls with current...
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Autistic Family Needs in Contact Sessions

  Contact sessions can be very difficult for parents and their children. It is imperative that social workers supervising contact are sufficiently trained in autistic families to properly assess interactions and place them into context. The social element of the contact session – the start and end could be a barrier for women and emotionally drain them before seeing their child. Training...
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Top 17 Books By Female Autistic Author’s

Autism Women Matter, our Top 17 books written (or edited by) autistic women. If you know of a great book that you would recommend, please do let us know. Always happy to support independent authors. These books cover each stage of an autistic woman’s life with topics including childhood experiences, gender identity, how to keep safe, self diagnosis, maternity and thriving as an autistic...
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A Letter To School Principal’s from Autistic Mother’s

Dear Principal, Please, understand that when you are dealing with an autistic child you may be communicating with an autistic parent. Women on the spectrum present differently from men and are unlikely to be diagnosed but their difficulties are very real.When a mother is being misunderstood you may think:… her communication obstructive when she has a social communication disability. She is doing...
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A Letter To Social Workers From Autistic Mother’s Struggling to Be Heard

    Dear Social Worker, Please understand that when you are dealing with an autistic child you may be communicating with an autistic parent. When a mother is being misunderstood … You may interpret her communication as obstructive when she has a social communication disability. She is doing her best. When you are starting to ‘get your back up’ please stop and rethink...
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7 Ways To Create Effective and Meaningful Inclusion In Meetings

Autistic Mothers: 7 Ways To Create Effective and Meaningful Inclusion In Meetings Author: Monique Blakemore It is important that professionals are aware that when discussing an autistic child’s needs they may be having that conversation with an autistic person. Autistic females encounter discrimination in accessibility issues with communication, sensory and physical barriers. All medical...
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