Autistic Women's Health: Understanding Accommodation Needs
12:00pm - 13:30pm Tuesday, 6 September 2022
Women's Health Week 5-11 September 2022
Annie Crowe (she/her) is a proud autistic ADHD lawyer and autistic women's health advocate.
After years of needing to self-advocate for her sensory and communication differences in the Australian health system, tired of hearing how well she could articulate her support needs (which she wouldn't need to if the system had a better understanding of autistic women), she started to speak publicly about her lived experience.
Hundreds of autistic people began to reach out and share their stories, many asking for her help and advice. In early 2022, Annie founded EDNA (Eating Disorders Neurodiversity Australia) and brought together an incredible team of autistic and ADHD academics and health professionals to meet the growing need for neuroinclusive and neurodiversity-affirming healthcare.
Annie is the Founding Director of Neurodivergent Millennial, a neurodivergent consulting business that primarily consults national organisations on autistic mental health, safety and wellbeing, including the National Disability Insurance Agency and Emerging Minds.
The Princess and the Pea Podcast is one of Annie's passion projects, creating accessible content for autistic and ADHD women and gender-diverse folk. She interviews many neurodivergent people and some of our allies discussing health, employment, education, and more. She is currently writing a book on Autistic Pregnancy and Birth.
Annie speaks at national and international conferences educating health professionals on inclusive healthcare for autistic people. She also appears on many podcasts talking about autistic maternal health care, complex mental health, and accessible healthcare.
Annie Crowe will present key accommodations health professionals need to provide to ensure accessible treatment and care for autistic women.
This webinar will cover an overview of:
- neurodiversity-affirming practice
- trauma-informed care for autistic women and gender-diverse folk
- sensory processing differences
- social and communication differences
- practical tips for neuroinclusive practice
There will be Q&A time for 30-minutes at the end for those who have specific questions.
Pre-questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autistic women (AFAB) commonly have complex health, from conditions like Ehlers Danlos Syndrome to Endometriosis. With nervous systems that are different to the general population (aka neurotypicals), autistic women face many barriers to seeking safe and accessible healthcare.
Health professionals cannot support autistic women without understanding the accessibility needs to look out for and to provide for autistic clients.
The current understanding of autism in women is very poor throughout the health system. This is understandable given that the diagnostic criteria (DSM-5-TR) is based on a very stereotyped male presentation.
Lived experience is critical for understanding the internal experience of autistic women.
12:00pm - 13:30pm Tuesday, 6 September 2022, Microsoft Teams
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Listening to you made me book in for an autism test.
I'm an ADHDer and I never realised what autism in girls actually looks like.
I felt really seen.
Wow! I'm just so proud to know someone like you is advocating for us.
You spoke so eloquently and explained yourself (and us) so clearly. It was confronting to be so understood by a stranger but also warmth in knowing my huge emotions mean I get to love my daughter bigger and protect my loved ones more fiercely.
Keep doing what you're doing. It matters and it helps and you are reaching people who need it. Lots of love to you. xx
I'm an ND psych and Eating Disorder survivor and absolutely loved your interview on The Neurodivergent Woman podcast.
Thank you for speaking up and raising awareness for so many of us left behind.