In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim.
When seeking help on a particular subject, I’ve gone to the library and used the search function on one of the computers nearby. Then, after wading through the book section, I may or may not find what I’m looking for. I’ve always been relieved when one of the librarians comes up to me and asks, “Is there something I can help you with?”
The internet is like a massive library. So much information, but no librarian!
With Aspergers/autism women in mind, I’ve combed the internet to find some excellent online Aspergers women resources to save you some time and provide you with a strong reference point to start learning about help on the internet.
Online Aspergers Women Resources
Aspergers/Autism Diagnosis for Women: Do I Have Autism/Aspergers?
Cynthia Kim, at Musings of an Aspie
Cynthia Kim, the blogger behind Musings of an Aspie, has compiled a list of 17 posts about adult diagnosis.
You can also buy her e-book, I Think I Might Be Autistic: A Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis and Self-Discovery For Adults.
Penelope Trunk has written a number of articles about having Aspergers.
See if you can relate to one of the four clues that you are a woman with Aspergers: out of step socially in terms of grooming or sex, disorganized in surprising ways, unpredictably detail oriented, or finding moving from one thing to another difficult.
Rudy Simone is an Aspergers woman author who interviewed dozens of Aspergers women for her book, Aspergirls, Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome.
She’s compiled a comprehensive List of Female Syndrome traits, and a Summary of some main Male/Female Differences (with respect to Aspergers Syndrome)
Tania Marshall, a therapist in Australia, specializes win assessment and diagnosis of Aspergers women.
Here’s a comprehensive article she wrote, called Moving Toward a Female Profile of Asperger Syndrome. This profile covers cognitive/intellectual abilities, education/university life, career/work, social and friendships/relationships, communication, physiology/neurology, physical appearance, lifestyle, relationship choices/sexuality/gender, special interests, emotions, personality characteristics/traits and abilities, past and/or current mental health history, coping mechanisms, sixth sense, unique strengths and/or abilities, challenges, and much more!
Living with Aspergers/Autism
Musings of an Aspie
Cynthia Kim keeps coming up, because she writes succinctly yet in depth about her experience as a autistic woman. Not only does she write well about her own experience, but she also writes to educate and inspire her own audience. In doing so, she advocates and educates the world at large.
I appreciate Renee’s frank writings about activism and advocacy for autistics. She is a community liaison for the College of William and Mary Neurodiversity Working Group, “working with students on the autism spectrum to better accommodate their differences and meet their individual needs through college programs, counseling and student-led groups.”
She published Black and White: A Colorful Look at Life on the Autism Spectrum.
Lynn Soraya blogs at Aspergers Diary: Life through the Lens of Asperger’s Syndrome.
Here are a few fun facts about her:
- diagnosed later in life with Asperger’s Syndrome
- disability advocate and writer
- works in a corporate setting as a technology professional. Even in her workplace, she works to drive diversity and inclusion in a corporate context
- chosen as one of the top 50 Most Inspiring Autistic People for 2011 at TheAutcast.com.
- author of the book, Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum
The Autism Women’s Network
In their own words:
The mission of the Autism Women’s Network is to provide effective supports to Autistic women and girls of all ages through a sense of community, advocacy and resources.
The Autism Women’s Network is dedicated to building a supportive community for Autistic women of all ages, our families, friends and allies. AWN provides a safe space to share our experiences in an understanding, diverse and inclusive environment.
You’ll find both the blog and the healthcare for autistic women are both valuable resources.
An Invitation: Aspergers Autism Women Community Curation
This list is a humble beginning.
I’m inviting Aspergers/Autism women to send me your ideas, either via my contact page, by joining the Thrive with Aspergers community or by commenting below.
Let me know what particularly helpful aspergers autism women online resources you’ve found, and I’ll add them to this page.
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