I Am Aspien Woman: The Unique Characteristics, Traits and Gifts of Adult Females on the Autism Spectrum.
The number of articles written on Asperger’s syndrome and people living on the autism spectrum has mushroomed over the last few years. Most articles and research studies focused on the typical characteristics of males, that is, until now. New evidence shows that women diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome are quite different than their male counterparts. Females for instance are more likely able to imitate social skills and are better at masking certain traits and characteristics. As a result, many been misdiagnosed thus leading to years of depression, anxiety and psychiatric visits.
One author hoping to shed more light on the subject is Tania Marshall, a psychologist and author with extensive training and experience in neuro-developmental conditions including Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD and sensory processing disorder. Based on her professional practice experience, anecdotal evidence, and current research, Ms Marshall weaves a story of validation, self-discovery and self-awareness through a visually stunning book.
The book is full of personal stories and quotes directly from Aspien Women with added commentary from parents, former teachers and therapist. The book is divided into 3 sections. Part one describes the various characteristics and traits. Part two introduces the reader to “real-life Aspien women superhero mentors” including Dr. Temple Gradin. Each mentor describes their strengths and top tips.
The author successfully accomplishes her goal in introducing through this book, the characteristics, traits and gifts of adult females on the spectrum. Ms. Marshall’s book is an excellent book for anyone wanting to learn more about Asperger’s from the perspective of women on the spectrum. While the book on the surface seems to be intended as a form of self-discovery, I equally recommend this book to parents, educators and employers. I do believe this book is only the start of a conversation that is long over-due.
To learn more about I am Aspien Woman and Ms. Marshall’s additional resources and information, I have included the following Resources:
On November 15, 2015, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities will hold its annual conference in Washington, DC Registration is currently open! Please click on this link for more information
National Disability Employment Awareness is recognized each October to highlight the workforce contributions of people with disabilities.
- Only 20 percent of the labor force with disabilities are employed.
- 59% of the people with hearing impairments were employed.
- 41% of people with visual disabilities were employed.
16% of people with severe disabilities work full-time.
Check out this infographic!
What can you do in your organization to recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month?
Train frontline staff on the facts
Reach out to local media
Proactively recruit people with disabilities
Review company policies and procedures
Conduct training for supervisors on understanding their role in fostering an inclusive workplace culture
Participate in a disability mentoring day
Conduct a training on disability history.
Infographic by IVS Solutions
October is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. According to the Center for Control Diseases (CDC), Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a chronic, progressive and frequently fatal disease of the body’s mucus glands. CF primary affects the respiratory and digestive systems in children and young adults. In the United States, approximately 30,000 people are diagnosed with CF. 1 out of 3,200 Caucasian births and 1 out of 15,000 African American births.
Below are a number of resources on Cystic Fibrosis.
Medical Sites- The following sites contain information on symptoms, definition, causes, risk factors, test, diagnosis and treatment:
Boomer Esiason Foundation-group of passionate, dedicated individuals who work every day to raise money, awareness, and support for the cystic fibrosis community.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.
Twitter Accounts to Follow
Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day, not just a way to bring awareness, but to create a movement among people with cerebral palsy, their families and the organizations that support them.
Held in over 50 countries, World Cerebral Palsy (CP) Day is an opportunity for people to take action by creating a global movement for change.
What can you do?
The goal of World CP Day is to encourage people to take action in six-key areas:
- Public awareness- putting an end to ignorance and the stigma it can create.
- Civil rights- ensuring that government officials at the local, regional, and national level will take concrete action
- Medical/Therapeutic- ensuring the best information for diagnoses, prevention and treatment is available.
- Quality of Life- ensuring that people with cerebral palsy find enjoyment and fulfillment in life.
- Education- helping all educators provide an education to members of the cerebral palsy community
- Contribution- making sure each person has the ability to contribute to society.
Oh, and don’t forget to tweet using the hashtag #WorldCPDay
Epic Long Island is a non-profit organization originally established as the Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island, offers a broad range of services to individuals with developmental disabilities, emotional and mental health challenges and epilepsy. Services include, community and clinical services and day habilitation and residential information.
For more information, please visit Epic Long Island at: www.epicli.org