Amazing Autism Women
Whether they call themselves women on the autism spectrum, Aspies, Autistic or simply (insert their name here), here are a few fabulous accomplished females on the autism spectrum that are making positive change in this world.
Many of these women are also mothers. It has been the experience of many of the women below that their autism or Asperger diagnosis did not come until after they became moms and learned that they had a son or daughter on the autism spectrum too.
As you begin to meet or become familiar with women on the spectrum, you will find that many of them enjoy writing, educating and helping others along their journey. Read the words they write, listen to the words they speak and perhaps you will find part of your story overlapping theirs.
Please let us know if you think someone should be added!
- Corina Lynn Becker – Fantasy Writer, Webcom Artist, Blogger at http://nostereotypeshere.blogspot.com/
- Susan Boyle – Scottish singer, Gained fame on Britain’s Got Talent – http://www.susanboylemusic.com
- Lydia Brown – Writer, Activist, Blogger – http://www.autistichoya.com
- Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg – Writer, Photography, Disability Rights Activist. Blogger at http://www.disabilityandrepresentation.com
- Jennifer Cook O’Toole – Author of multiple books in the Asperkids series including Asperkids and The Asperkid’s Secret Book of Social Rules and coming soon, Sisterhood of the Spectrum, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Founder Asperkids, LLC, 2012 GRASP DSM winner – www.asperkids.com
- Sharon DaVanport – Executive Director, Autism Women’s Network
- Paula C. Durbin-Wesby – Disability Rights Activist – http://paulacdurbinwestbyautisticblog.blogspot.com/
- Judy Endow, MSW – Author, Speaker – www.judyendow.com
- Karla Fisher – Advocate, founder of Karla’s ASD Page, 2012 GRASP DSM winner, published in Different, Not Less
- Carly Fleischmann – Autism Advocate, author of Carly’s Voice
- Dena Gassner. LMSW – Program Director, Center for Understanding, published in Scholars with Autism Achieving Dreams – http://www.denagassner.com/
- Temple Grandin, PhD – Author of multiple books, Advocate, Speaker. One of the most accomplished and best known woman on the autism spectrum in the world. An HBO movie was made about her life – www.templegrandin.com
- Carol Greenburg – Executive Director, New York Special Needs Consulting, East Coast Regional Director of Autism Women’s Network, contributing editor to The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism
- Daryl Hannah – American Film Actress – www.dhlovelife.com
- Liane Holliday Willey, PhD – Author of multiple books, Advocate, Speaker, 2012 GRASP DSM winner – http://www.aspie.com/
- Karen Krejcha – co-founder Autism Empowerment, 2012 GRASP DSM winner, 2013 WA Jefferson Award Winner, 2014 Dennis Campbell Outstanding Service Awards, Entrepreneur, Blogger at Aspierations, published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories from the Spectrum (April 2013), Been There, Done That, Try This: An Aspie’s Guide to Life on Earth (March 2014)
- Wendy Lawson – Author – http://www.mugsy.org/wendy/
- Anita Lesko – CEO of Born with Aspergers, Author, Blogger – http://bornwithaspergers.com/blog/
- Yvonne Mikulencak – Director of Asperger Women’s Association
- Valerie Paradiz, PhD – Director, Autistic Global Initiative at Autism Research Institute, published in Scholars with Autism Achieving Dreams – Valerie Paradiz
- Zoey Roberts – Advocate, runs a lot of Facebook groups, including http://www.facebook.com/groups/autismsupergroup/
- Alis Rowe – Author, blogger, weight lifter – http://thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk/
- Rudy Simone – Author of multiple books including Aspergirls; Musician, Speaker – http://www.help4aspergers.com
- Lynne Soraya – Blogger for Psychology Today – http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/aspergers-diary
- Helen Wallace-Iles – founder of Autism All Stars Foundation UK
- Alexis Wineman – Autism Advocate, Miss Montana 2012 – https://www.facebook.com/MissMontana2012
Each is an autism advocate in her own right. The women on this list can be found online and throughout the world. They are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
Let your light shine, ladies!
There are many more! Please let us know if you think someone should be added!