Have you got your ticket to our Autism in Women & Girls Forum for Friday 20th October?
The needs of autistic women and girls is a subject we’ve been hearing more and more about in recent years.
With good reason.
Autism has been growing over the past decade _ Amaze’s most recent polling showed that 52% of Australians have a personal connection with autism.
But 70% didn’t know that the number of autistic females is increasing.
This needs to change.
Understanding and acknowledgement of autistic women and girls _ the specific nature of autism in girls and their unique challenges _ needs more exposure.
It’s why we believe events such as our Autism in Women & Girls Forum are so important for Victoria’s autism community.
Autistic women to share lived experience
You will hear the clinical perspective on diagnosing autism in girls and how it differs to boys and some of the latest thinking about ratios of autism in males and females.
A major feature of the forum will be autistic women sharing their stories, talking about their childhood experiences, socially and at school, and their lives now.
Our speakers will discuss their challenges in getting an autism diagnosis, and their journey to acceptance and pride in their identity as autistic women.
There will be some practical tips about where to go for support and forming networks.
Speakers will also talk about being autistic mothers and offer insights into parenting autistic children.
The Autism in Women & Girls Forum’s key speaker will be Dr Janine Manjiviona (pictured above) http://janinemanjiviona.com.au/about-janine/
Janine, who specialises in Autism Spectrum Disorder, has a strong interest in the specific nature of autism in women and girls and the unique challenges they face.
Janine’s areas of interest include:
*Differences in how male and female children and adults with ASD present.
*Challenges of ASD diagnosis in girls and women.
*Building strengths in girls and women with ASD.
Jane works therapeutically with individuals (children and adults) and families, offering a range of services, including diagnostic assessments for all ages and treatment for related issues such as anxiety and depression.
She helps parents to cope and adjust to having a child with ASD and to deal with the ongoing challenges in managing their child’s behaviour.
Also speaking at the forum will be Gabrielle Hall.
Gabrielle, a registered nurse and naturopath, has spent many years working in healthcare and will speak at the forum about her life and her autism.
Date: 20th October 2017, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Location: Level 9, 171 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000