Historically, boys are more readily identified when displaying autistic traits, referred for evaluation, and subsequently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders than girls. Girls have been under recognized leaving many to go undiagnosed until well into adulthood. The following five blogs are a great source of information for anyone wanting to know more about living with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome as an adult female. All of these women were “missed” as children; only being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or autism in adulthood. The information that can be found and unique perspective and insights into their lives is an invaluable resource.
Asperger’s Diary: Life through the Lens of Aspergers
Lynne Soraya, author of Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum: What You Need to Know to Move into a Place of Your Own, Succeed at Work, Start a Relationship, Stay Safe, and Enjoy Life as an Adult on the Autism Spectrum, writes a fantastic blog advocating diversity and disabilities awareness. She is a positive example of a successful woman with Asperger’s Syndrome whose writing is both informative and inspiring to read.
Musings of an Aspie
Author Cynthia Kim was diagnosed in her 30’s with Asperger’s Syndrome and shares stories of her life on her blog. She tackles the complicated subjects of adult diagnosis, marriage, and motherhood. A great feature of this blog is the inclusion of a valuable “Asperger’s and Autism Resources” page. Since beginning her blog, Cynthia Kim has published, I Think I Might Be Autistic: A Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis and Self-Discovery for Adults
Inner Aspie, who writes anonymously, is another woman who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as an adult. She is a stay at home mother of three children, one with mild autism, one with dyslexia, and one with severe autism. Inner Aspie offers insights, via personal experiences, into living with and parenting children with autism. She offers advice on dealing with those in authority; specifically, navigating the school system, and ways to advocate for your children.
Renee Salas is the author of the book, Black and White, which Renee says, “tells a different story, a positive one.” Salas was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in her 30’s only after her son was first diagnosed with the disorder in 2008. After becoming exhausted hearing about all the deficits and difficulties of people with autism, she decided to write and blog about all the positives. This author gives a unique look at the positive side of autism—a refreshing and much needed viewpoint
Not only can you gain a tremendous amount of insight from these women’s blog entries, but you have the opportunity to connect with real-life Aspergerian women via Facebook and Twitter. Many of these women are open to conversing and answering questions on a personal level.