Autism Women Matter UK – is a ‘national group in the united Kingdom for women who are Autistic, with an Autism Spectrum Condition’
The Autism Women Matter Facebook group state:
‘Working together to create a national network for autistic women across the United Kingdom focusing on Advocacy, Connection, Education and Empowerment.’
The team is made up of 11 women who are all either on the autistic spectrum or involved with working in promoting awareness and understanding for those women who are on the spectrum.
Co Founder of the group & the Vice Chair of the All Parliamentary Group On Autism, Ann Memmott said:
“everyone is welcome, just as they are, whether they have a formal diagnosis or identify as autistic”
Autism Daily Newscast had the pleasure of interviewing one of its Co Founders, Monique Blakemore, an active campaigner, advocate and coach back in December.
The group at present have a Facebook page and will be launching their website in March on World Women’s Day, March 8. The global theme this year is, ‘Inspiring Change.’
Carol Povey, Director of the Centre for Autism, National Autistic Society (NAS) said:
“It is vitally important that women on the autism spectrum have the opportunity to link with each other, to share problems and to celebrate their achievements. For many younger women, or those with a recent diagnosis, it is important to have positive role models. For a long time autism has so often been viewed as a male condition, therefore I’m really pleased to be able to support the Autism Women Matter network. I have been inspired by the autistic women I have met over the years, and hope this network will inspire others”
In March the group are meeting with Carol Povey, members of the NAS and Dr Judith Gould who have been encouraging and will discuss the group, it’s aims and longer term goals.
Olley Edwards, Co Founder of the group who advocates for females who are both diagnosed and undiagnosed with Autism Spectrum Conditions, has been nominated for a National Diversity Award under the category of positive role model – disability. We interviewed Olley back in November which can be read here.