Changing the Face of Autism – Video

Introducing Changing the Face of Autism: Here Come the Girls. A unique documentary looking at the female autism profile, filmed by females on the spectrum.

ABC News Nightline Autism Difficult to Detect in Girls [DVD] [NTSC]

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  1. Hello Hannah, my name is Liz, I work for Autism Speaks. We are really impressed with your video and would like to share it with our readers. Could you send me an email to discuss? Thank you!

  2. Reblogged this on Sacred Liminality and commented:
    This is a lovely documentary on autistic women, many of whom received a late diagnosis because “textbook” autism is mainly derived from studies of autistic boys. Autism expresses itself differently in those socialized as female due to the pressure to be social, fit in with others, etc. that those socialized as male often don’t receive. It is my personal opinion that contrary to the popular perception of autism being a “male” condition, autism is actually spread relatively evenly across the sexes, and many autistic women simply remain undiagnosed or get misdiagnosed. Please watch this video and pass it on to others – the best way to fix this problem is with knowledge!

  3. Thank you for linking to this. It was so interesting to hear young women on the spectrum talking freely about their experiences. It makes me sad that, in many cases, they have had to struggle so hard to fit in at the expense of their own mental well being. It would be wonderful to live in a society where you could be accepted for who you are but I don’t imagine that is ever going to happen.

  4. I found this documentary very interesting. Just one comment – you need to sort out the volume. Some parts are very loud and others very quiet. I couldn’t actually hear what Steven Stagg was saying.

  5. Sooooo interesting. As a mom of a son with low-functioning autism and a daughter with high-functioning autism I have a great appreciation for young women who ‘come out’ with their autism. What beautiful women in this film.

  6. This video is amazing. These intelligent,articulate,beautiful women who appear so very ordinary and yet have gone through a lot of pain – they really are the face of autism. You simply can’t always tell on the surface.

  7. Thank you for making this video. I’m a 35 year old man who was diagnosed with ASD at 21. The women in this video expressed feelings I have but have never had the words to express.

  8. This video is amazing. So many things to think about. So many times I was shocked to find out I wasn’t the only one who thought that.

    Is there any way you can sort out the volume balance as I kept having to adjust it so I could 1. hear the quiet people and 2. not freak out over the loud bits?

  9. Wow! It’s incredible to see people like me, saying things I’ve felt. I’ve been diagnosed with ADHD, GAD, Depression, and even had a few people think borderline personality disorder. A few days ago, I met a women who is a specialist in autism and a certified behavior analyst who said my symptoms were very much like that of the spectrum. I am a Ph.D. psychology student and never even thought that was possible until she started breaking it down and asking me questions. I started researching and the more and more I find the more I see myself. I took the AQ quiz and am at 37 (out of 50 I believe). I have requested a screening. I am scared to find out either way, but more afraid of remaining in this position of never being understood. But, I am thankful for this video because it helps to show me that if I am found to be on the spectrum, it can be okay and even a way of finding peace.

  10. I am in the process of getting assessed for ASD, with my cognitive assessment on 22/Nov/16. I have a long history of mental illness. Was first suicidal at 13 and in so much emotional pain. About a fortnight ago a was diagnosed with BPD. I am 50.

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