Once upon a time, over 20 years ago, their voices said:
“I was born with the social skills of a used teabag”
“I don’t seem to fit on this planet”
“I felt out of place and teachers labelled me as ‘naughty”
But today, the same voices say:
“I have found a sense of identity.”
“I don’t feel as awkward as I do talking to people socially”
“This is me. Everything that has happened to me – this explains it”
So what changed?
“It all made sense when we found out we were Autistic”
At ABTi, while we specialize inearly intervention (CLM), our team is become increasingly familiar of growing research which suggests:
- Autism affects adults at the same rate as children (British Medical Journal)
- As of 2015, the adult men to women diagnosis ratio stands at 3:1 (Autism.org)
- Women experience autism considerably differently from men (Autism.org)
This year, the UAE Ministry of Community Development has issued 1,942 social support cards for people with autism spectrum disorder of which 375 are women (Emirates News Agency)
As understanding and empowerment continues to grow amongst adults on the spectrum, we invite you to comment below and share your experience if you or anyone you know was diagnosed with autism as an adult.