AIM Autistic Women Matter

Our new women group launches on March 16th 2018!

 

Our womens group aims to be a safe, comfortable and enjoyable place that brings people together, to build confidence and self esteem, improve skills and make new friends.

Our Women only ASD group is for anyone who is Autistic. This includes Aspergers, Autism, ASD. It is for people who are diagnosed and people who are thinking of being assessed or going through assessment.

We are not only for people who was assigned female at birth and welcome transgender women and others who feel this group is right for them

We will do everything we can to make the group work for you. You can take part as much or as little as you want to. We can discuss any issues people may have, if you feel like talking. If you don’t feel like doing this, that is ok. We will have some craft activities, books to read, board games and sensory and fidget items available to help you feel comfortable. As the group gets to know each other we can plan workshops, speakers, trips and awareness raising activities

If you are anxious or worried about coming along please contact us and let us help you.

[box type=”note” size=”large” style=”rounded” border=”full”]We recognise that most Autism groups and services are dominated by men. There may be several reasons for this. The most obvious is that there are currently more men diagnosed with ASD than women.    Lorna Wing found in her 1981 paper on sex ratios in early childhood autism that among people with ‘high-functioning autism’ or Asperger syndrome there were 15 times more males than women and girls, while in autistic people with learning difficulties, the ratio of men and boys to women and girls was closer to 2:1  In a much larger 1993 study of Asperger syndrome in mainstream schools in Sweden, Ehlers and Gillberg found a boy to girl ratio of 4:1  In 2015, the ratio of men to women supported by The National Autistic Society’s adult services was approximately 3:1.   Because of the high number of men diagnosed, support and services have typically been provided in a way that is suited to mens needs.There is often only 1 or 2 women or people of different gender identities that attend, and because of this they feel out of place, uncomfortable or in some cases threatened or unsafe. We recognise that women and people with other gender identities who do not feel comfortable in male dominated groups, have their own issues that they need to talk about, with like minded people.[/box]