Are autistic women and girls really different to men and boys?

Autism is an overwhelmingly male diagnosis – it has even been described as the extreme male brain. Is this why so few diagnoses relate to women and girls? Or is it that they’re better than their male counterparts at adapting to social situations, or at hiding their differences?

The fact is that hiding your autism or adapting is stressful. Struggling alone without a diagnosis is incredibly hard. We have plenty of testimonials from autistic women and girls to illustrate just how difficult their lives can be without understanding and support.

Even when women do find support, it rarely reflects the female experience of autism. This can be devastating. Autistic girls and women are at much higher risk of self-harm and eating disorders. They can struggle with social communication, relationships and employment, with long-lasting effects.

This conference will look at the challenges that autistic women and girls face. Why is it so hard for them to get a diagnosis? What differences are there between men’s and women’s experience of autism? What kind of support do women and girls want? What do we need to do to change the status quo?

At this conference, we will bring together experts in this field – researchers, practitioners, and autistic women themselves – to explore these issues, share their most recent findings, and give tips on the latest best practice.

Register now to secure your place at this inspiring event.

Who should attend?

  • clinicians across the professional field, including psychiatrists, psychologists, paediatricians, GPs and nurses
  • directors, service managers and leaders of CAMHS teams
  • education professionals from mainstream and special schools and local authorities
  • commissioners for services for autistic people
  • social workers and support workers
  • voluntary sector groups and not-for-profit organisations
  • autistic women, their families and carers.