Autistic Girls Network is an organisation working to support, educate, and bring change.
4 times as many boys are diagnosed autistic as girls. This is not an accurate picture and frequently, for many reasons, girls are diagnosed later, missed or misdiagnosed, causing long term mental health problems with too many girls feeling too anxious to attend school as a result.
Currently the assessment tools used to screen for autism are male-centric. We want to see tools in place that reflect multiple presentations and needs so that no child’s need goes unrecognised or unsupported. Our vision is for a system that enables autistic girls to thrive, to feel understood and to achieve the best educational outcomes.
Our aim is to raise awareness of autism in girls with health, social care and educational professionals and to bring change. Not only to the way that autistic girls are assessed and subsequently supported but to the narrative, with updated and positive terminology used to describe autistic traits.
Our private Facebook group with 7,000 members supports both autistic girls and women and their extended families, but there are many more who need our help. That’s why Autistic Girls Network is re-launching as a registered charity. We are now fundraising to enable us to fund projects which offer face to face support and campaign for real change.