This is a presentation about what it is like to be an undiagnosed autistic female in the school system, including the conditions of echolalia, alexithymia and anxiety. As I grew up in a school system that did not recognize my autism, I will speak about issues concerning females on the spectrum from my perspective. I will suggest that the lives of many Canadians would improve through more effective research methods involving autistic females, including the re-evaluating of the criterium used to diagnose females. Further, the presentation discusses a National Autism Strategy, and how having one would address the needs of both the autistic community, and the communities that support them. I envision this to be a 20 minute slide presentation with a following question period.
*Please note that this is a recorded presentation. Questions to the presenter will be submitted at the end.
Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance, Pacific Autism Family Network, Board of Directors CASDA, Okanagan Advisor PAFN, Mentor, and Self Advocate