Women

Currently, one female is diagnosed with Asperger/Autism (ASD) for every four males diagnosed. Those who work in the field know that the actual prevalence is closer to one Asperger female for every two males. One Korean study suggests that two-thirds of girls and women go undiagnosed as a result of subtler or different manifestations of the profile than boys and men. This means that many girls and women are slipping through the cracks, unrecognized for, and supported in, their unique challenges. Women with Asperger profiles, like men, have a range of Asperger traits of varying degrees. AANE can help women understand how their Asperger traits may be different from men or what is portrayed in the media.

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Asperger Profiles: Women and Girls

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Common Experiences Women with Asperger profiles are less likely to be diagnosed and more likely to be misdiagnosed for a number of reasons. Additionally, many professionals have been trained to recognize typical Asperger/autism spectrum expression more easily in males than in females. While many professionals and advocates are working hard to... more

Hiding in Plain Sight: In Our Own Words

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Hiding in Plain Sight: In Our Own Words Women with Asperger/Autism Profiles Share their Life Stories These twenty stories were sent to AANE in preparation for the March conference regarding women on the Autism Spectrum. Six of these stories were presented at the conference itself; the rest are now being shared for the very first... more

Survival Strategies of a Family on the Aspergers Spectrum

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Susan Shanfield wrote and presented this talk at AANE’s Celebration of Community on March 7, 2004.Hi Everyone. What an amazing experience that we women and girls are gathered here together to celebrate our strengths and differences—and I think that we’re making history at the same time. Usually with Asperger’s, the boys get all the... more

The Self-Discovery of One Aspie Woman

11/09/2016
I had always thought of myself as a sensitive and independent introvert who had found her way after an anxious and lonely childhood. When I hit 40 years old, something shifted – so many of my peers had reached the traditional milestones of marriage, children, home buying, etc., none of which I... more

In Our Own Words

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Adults with Asperger profiles talk about their experiences and... more

Know Your Brand of Asperger’s or Related Autism Profile

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Everyone is different, no exceptions, this video delves into the many traits that people with Asperger profiles may... more

Asperger’s on the Job: Must-Have Advice for People with Asperger’s or High Functioning Autism and…

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Up to 85% of the Asperger's population are without full-time employment, though many have above-average intelligence.Rudy Simone, an adult with Asperger's Syndrome and an accomplished author, consultant, and musician, created this insightful resource to help employers, educators, and therapists... more

Meet the People Being Left Out of Mainstream Conversations About Autism

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"It was a white people's thing... it was a guy's thing." Michon Neal, 27, a genderqueer person who uses the pronoun "ze," didn't realize ze had Asperger's until less than a year ago. The only people ze had seen representing the syndrome were white men. As an intersex, mixed-race person who is... more

Married, with Asperger’s

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He’s finally trained! My husband of 26 years has scarcely completed a single one of my sentences all this year. Like most neurotypical people, Christopher has a tendency to want to finish someone’s sentence when there is a pause. That is not helpful for me!I received my diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (AS) in 1994, shortly after the birth... more

Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum

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Edited by Stephen Shore, Ask and Tell aims to help autistic people effectively self-advocate in their pursuit of independent, productive, and fulfilling lives. Ask and Tell is unique by being the first book to speak to the twin issues of self-advocacy and disclosure for people on the... more

Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome

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Girls with Asperger/Autism profiles are less frequently diagnosed than boys, and even once symptoms have been recognized, help is often not readily available. The image of coping well presented by AS females of any age can often mask difficulties, deficits, challenges, and loneliness. This is a... more

The Dating Scene — Are You Interested?

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Let’s look at dating as a pastime for teens, young adults, and adults. Webster says a pastime is “something that amuses and serves to pass time agreeably.” That is dating at its best. Most of us know that it also produces times of high anxiety, anger, sadness, and confusion. Dating, after all, is one kind of relationship, and all... more

Living with an Asperger Profile for Adults

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For more than two decades, AANE staff have learned about the talents and struggles of adults with Asperger profiles. Working closely and talking extensively with adults with Asperger’s, ranging in age from 18 to 83, along with their parents, relatives, and spouses, we have together explored successful strategies for addressing the challenges of... more