Autistic people with a minority sexual orientation or gender identity face specific challenges, from having their self-assessments dismissed to difficulties advocating for their gender needs.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
Ben Barres agonized over whether to come out as male or commit suicide. In a posthumous memoir, he makes clear that coming out was the right choice.
Girls and boys with autism show different patterns of brain activity in response to sensory stimuli.
Autism researchers must attend to the need for sex and gender diversity in study design as a rule rather than as an exception.
There’s been an increasing awareness in American culture of autism and what it’s like to be a person on the spectrum. Yet most of that discussion focuses on the experience of men, leaving unheard the voices of women. Join Caveat and Spectrum for three talks on dating, employment and race, by women on the spectrum.
Girls with autism traits have fewer problems with social communication than boys do early on, but their skills worsen by adolescence.
Girls with an autism diagnosis have more severe impairments in social communication than boys with the diagnosis.
Many women with autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder report having been sexually abused as a child.
A greater proportion of 3-year-old girls than boys with autism have psychiatric features such as anxiety and moodiness.