About Here I RAWR!
Autistic women are under-researched, under-diagnosed and thought by many to simply not exist. We tend to be diagnosed with anxiety issues or depression or bi-polar disorder when the root issue is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in some flavor. Our male counterparts will often act out when made uncomfortable, while many girls/women simply become silent and compliant.
This blog is an attempt to return voice to so many who have been made voiceless by our neurology–but also have been passed over frequently by the psych field, research and individual professionals. We are often silent, and if not completely silent, we are often unheard. This space is intended to allow spectrum women to voice themselves and be heard at last.
It’s all about quality of life. Here we’re going to talk about coping with ASD as a woman, advocating for yourself…but more than anything else, living authentically, honestly and well. It’s really all about being happy.
Currently, we have two authors, but are always looking for more–so be sure to fill out the contact form at the bottom if you would like to join in with a RAWR of your own. Don’t be shy, there’s help if you aren’t the best spehlar, or if you need a hand with proofreading or grammar junk.
About our Authors:
wakingcanary: I’m a middle-aged, over-educated mom on the spectrum. Recently diagnosed, I’m intent on removing all the social masks I created as a matter of survival (please don’t let them find out how weird I am!). It’s been quite a journey, and I’ve lost just about everything–relationships, career, 20 year marriage. Still, finding me has been the best, self-affirming gift that I have ever given myself. More than anything else, I want to help other women on this journey to find their authentic selves. If you can’t embrace her for all her gifts and faults today, then I want to embrace her for you–until you’re ready to do so.
4asd: My hope, by sharing so publicly with the world, is that someone will discover that spark needed to re-light their inner drive, force & determination. That flame you feel inside yourself may have been dimmed by life over the years. Let’s get it fired up! I hope you enjoy my RAWRs, and that you will help me hold onto my sanity by sharing your own personal stories.
Now, about you, dear reader:
If you are a woman with an ASD, please chime in! (Chime in if you aren’t an ASD woman, too.) Please comment and let me know we’re not alone. Want to do some writing? That would be so awesome! Drop us a line so we can chat–this blog was started just so we could meet each other.