Comments on “The Invisible Women with Autism”

The Invisible Women with Autism” by Apoorva Mandavilli

  • “On average, girls who have mild symptoms of autism are diagnosed two years later than boys.”  The article goes on to note how diagnostic tests are based on observations of boys with autism, so there’s that. 
  • *Groan* “From the start, girls’ restricted interests seem more socially acceptable—dolls or books, perhaps, rather than train schedules—and may go unnoticed.”
  • “…scientists and service providers rarely acknowledge the additional challenges being female may bring, whether physical, psychological, or societal.” So true. 
  • “…but in autism, the fact that boys and girls are different is sometimes treated as if it’s a startling new discovery.”  Also   in the field of Education, sadly. Oh and the Workplace. 
  • “Are we more tolerant, at least in some Western societies, of a girl who is very, very quiet and socially aloof, compared to a boy? I don’t know; I suppose you could say we have higher expectations of women,” Resounding ‘YES’.

I salute Maya’s courage to share her autism diagnosis with employers.  The article makes an excellent case for the lack of support for women with non-traditional learning disorders / diagnosis; this is further compounded by the social stigma surrounded mental health diagnoses, including depression.

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