Cathy took over the helm of the Autustic Girls Network in 2020. She runs her own businesses from home and is mum to 2 autistic teens, both late diagnosed. Cathy’s daughter Freya was diagnosed at 13 amid a massive mental health crisis and it’s Freya’s story which led Cathy to FIGS.
I’m Lindsay and I have a 15 year old beautiful autistic daughter called Poppy. She was diagnosed age 12. She was given an EHC plan in her 2nd year of high school.
At the end of that 2nd year we began homeschooling Poppy as her anxiety and mental health were extremely low and the main stream school were not meeting her needs.
Mandy was the founder of FIGS which became Autistic Girls Network – she’s no longer involved but we didn’t want her to go without a mention!
Mandy is a mum of 6 with the 3 youngest being autistic. It took her 7 years to get a formal diagnosis for one of her daughters and only 3 years for her son, with many exclusions and different schools along the way, which is what led to FIGS.
AGN’s team is a mix of parents and Autistic adults with experience and passion.
Our ethos is about celebrating autistic girls’ many gifts and talents – not to change them but to support them. We want the world to recognise our amazing girls!
Vicki is part of the Autistic Girls Network admin team and has also experienced the system failure for her ASC child. She wants other incredible autistic people in her child’s life to help guide and nurture them, and build autistic pride.