SCOTTISH WOMEN'S AUTISM NETWORK
Females on the spectrum have been described as being like swans – appearing to glide across the surface of life but paddling furiously under the surface just to keep afloat!
It is becoming increasingly understood that more women may be on the autism spectrum than previously thought. However, many develop a range of coping strategies that may mask the myriad of difficulties they face in day to day life. Their ability to cope in this way can leave women isolated and vulnerable, complicate the diagnostic process and restrict access to services or support. When they do hit difficulties or ‘crisis points’ in their lives, their difficulties may be misunderstood and they may be dismissed or misdiagnosed.
The difference SWAN makes
SWAN has been a good support for me after finding out I've lived with Aspergers all my life. Wish I'd found them sooner!
Autism is often called a "hidden" disability and within this, women and girls are a minority, making us almost invisible. SWAN shines a light on us and makes us visible.
SWAN is very much needed support for Autistic women at every steps of the "I might be Autistic- I know I'm Autistic - I like my Autistic self" journey.
This is a group of autistic women for autistic women (and their families). We are all equals and it is perfectly normal to be who we are. Our neurodiversity isn't medicalised, isn't awfulised, isn't lionised either. We just are who we are, and I can assure you that that is rare in the extreme. We share our discoveries, our ways of surviving, and also the best of being on the spectrum.