I started writing this Blog in the Autumn 2012, and the response since then has been phenomenal; over 26,000 readers to date! So last year I decided it was finally time to head back to university and put all these ideas and research to good use, and I am now well under way to doing a PhD. My research is primarily about females on the spectrum, and why it is so common for them to be misdiagnosed, but on a wider scale it also concerns mental health difficulties with those on the spectrum and how individuals learn to cope and hide their impairments. It is a much needed piece of research and I hope I can do it justice. As I am sure you are all aware from experiencing these problems yourselves or from reading my Blog and my experiences of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder, the repercussions of not being diagnosed until later in life and receiving a misdiagnosis are incredibly stress inducing and really detrimental to leading a happy and satisfying life. So the main aim of this research is to improve diagnosis and identifying the condition in this hidden group of individuals, thus preventing further stress induced issues and providing the correct support.
BUT, and it is a big but, doing a PhD inevitably costs money. So, I am appealing for support.
If you would like to find out more information about the project, whether to consider financially contributing to the work or just out of interest, then please use the contact details below. If you are able to donate then you will be sent regular updates on how the research is going. Likewise if you would be interested in volunteering to take part in this research then please send me your contact details (just email address will do).