Scottish Women’s Autism Network (SWAN) was established in August 2012 in partnership with Autism Network Scotland.
We meet for peer support and networking. We help each other by sharing our experiences and knowledge, having open discussions, women having the opportunity to meet like-minded women.
SWAN is a network of women each with a unique perspective, shaped by individual experiences and circumstances; we represent a range of views on all sorts of issues from diagnosis to gender, from ASC as a difference rather than a disorder, to life in general.
Responsibility for planning, administration, communicating with the wider group, other organisations and individuals who contact us has been taken on a voluntary basis by a small number of us over the years. We also have an ever expanding wider network of women involved through our informal meet-ups, social events, Facebook Page, and so on.
Some of us are also involved in public awareness activities and presentation services; we are committed to promoting information exchange with practitioners and service providers.
SWAN offers a support service to all women who are self-identified or formally diagnosed as Autistic inclusive of age, disability, gender reassignment, sex, sexuality, race, religion or belief.
SWAN was established to improve the lives of autistic women. We work to this end in a number of ways, including the facilitation of autistic-designed peer support for those who share their lived experiences as females in this gendered society. We welcome women, including cis women, transwomen, Non Binary (NB) individuals who have experienced being Female Assigned At Birth (FAAB) and transmen.
We appreciate and thank our cis and non-cis male allies who understand our need for autonomous and protected space and work to support us.
Dr Catriona Stewart
Trustee and volunteer