Currently, one female is diagnosed with Asperger's or autism for every four males diagnosed. Those who work in the field know the actual prevalence is closer to one autistic female for every three males. Many women and girls go undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed for a variety of reasons, including often having 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 characteristics. Women with Asperger/autism profiles, like men, have a range of traits of varying degrees. AANE can help women understand how their traits may be different from men or what is portrayed in the media.

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Article: Asperger and Autism Spectrum–Women and Girls
Video: Shining Light on Women with an Asperger/Autism Profile
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Asperger and Autism Spectrum: Women and Girls

Additional Resources for Women 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... more

The Turning Point

TW: This article discusses experiences with suicidal ideation. In 2015, my husband was hospitalized and diagnosed with advanced metastatic lung cancer while on an out-of-town trip. It blew apart the foundation of our lives and heralded an accelerated medical crisis for which I served as his... more

Growing the Seeds of Self-Advocacy

In middle school, I told my mom I didn't think I was very good at standing up for myself and wanted to work on that. I didn't realize, though, that the seeds of self-advocacy were being planted all around me.   Before I knew I was autistic, I knew I was dyslexic. For ten years, I went to a... more

Girl Talk: Thoughts on Being Female on the Autism Spectrum (with Liane Holliday Willey) HD

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Sarah Hendrickx – Hiding in Plain Sight: Shining Light on Women with Asperger/Autism Profiles –…

 Sarah Hendrickx presents at the Asperger/Autism Network's conference, "Hiding in Plain Sight: Shining Light on Women with Asperger/Autism Profiles." March... more

Hiding in Plain Sight: In Our Own Words

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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

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.... more

The Self-Discovery of One Aspie Woman

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

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

Know Your Brand of Asperger’s or Related Autism Profile

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

"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

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... 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