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Autism: Resources Masterlist

Updated: Jul 10

Since it can be so hard to find decent resources on Autism in adults, especially adult women, I thought I’d create a master list of helpful links.


*If you know of any resources that you think should be added to this list please email me at brittany@notolux.ca or contact me via my website www.notolux.ca.


Autism spelled out in tiles on a black background.

Table of Contents

  • My Posts on Autism

  • General Articles

  • Autism and Trauma

  • Unmasking Autism

  • Women with Autism

  • Employment and Autism

  • Education and Autism

  • Mental Health and Autism

  • Autistic Children


Articles & Blogs


My Posts on Autism


General Articles


Autism and Trauma


“When it comes to mental illness and disability, diagnostic categories are really flawed things. A disorder is a cluster of symptoms and traits that tend to go together, but don’t always, and the way those clusters get organized tends to change over time….Often a person exists somewhere on a spectrum between multiples disorders, or have a unique combination of traits from multiple conditions.”


“People with post-traumatic stress disorder, for example, can look very similar to Autistic people. PTSD sufferers tend to be afraid of large crowds, are easily rattled by loud noises, and become more reserved when placed in hard-to-read situations. PTSD-fueled hypervigilance can look a lot like masking: you’re constantly scanning your environment for threats, and modulating how you present yourself, so you can stay safe. To complicate matters, many Autistic people experience trauma at a young age, and have PTSD symptoms from that.”


“For all these reasons, it’s not always possible (or helpful) to try to untangle which of a person’s traits are Autistic and which are caused by the trauma of being neurodiverse in a neurotypical world. Daan is a forty-year-old man living in the Netherlands, and in addition to being Autistic, he was abused by both his parents. He tells me his diagnosis of complex PTSD effectively masked his neurodivergence for many, many years.”


Unmasking Autism


Women with Autism


Employment and Autism


Education and Autism


Mental Health and Autism


Autistic Children


Books


TedTalks & Videos

“People tend to diagnose autism with really specific check-box descriptions, but in reality, it’s a whole variation as to what we’re like.”


“Everyone in this room has a unique voice — something about you that is different from others. And I want you to take a moment to think about what that difference is.”


“I’m going to start my talk today by telling all of you that my biggest fear is that I will never be loved for who I am in a romantic relationship.”


“But it wasn’t me who had failed the test. It was the test that had failed me. And there are women in their thirties, forties, fifties, and even older, who are only just getting diagnosed now.”


“Why? Why is a question that parents ask me all the time. Why did my child develop autism? As a pediatrician, as a geneticist, as a researcher, we try and address that question.”


Warning: sexual assault

“I transferred to a new treatment center that understood my aversions, my trauma, and my social anxiety, and they knew how to treat it, and I got the help I finally needed. And after 18 months of hard work, I went on to do incredible things.”


“The main problem with living autistic in today’s society is that the world just isn’t built for us. There’s so many ways that we can get overwhelmed."


“Normality overlooks the beauty that differences give us, and the fact that we are different doesn’t mean that one of us is wrong. It just means that there’s a different kind of right.”


“I want to talk to you now about different ways of thinking. You have to get away from verbal language. I think in pictures. I don’t think in language. Now, the thing about the autistic mind is it attention to details.”


Warnings: discusses suicide, mental health issues, uses some outdated autism terms

“I think it’s very important to think about the subjective experiences, what are the lived experiences of people, listen to people with autism.”


“Women are better at masking because society expects more from us and it doesn’t make as many allowances for us.”


“Disability is something that’s being done to me. I’m actively being ‘dis-abled’ by the society around me.”


Instead of trying to control the behaviors of individuals with autism to make them indistinguishable from the general public, Amy Laurent, PhD, OTR/L suggests a positive shift in focus that supports the development of their emotional skills.


People & Organizations

People

Tiktok is a great place to start finding like-minded people. Use the hashtag #actuallyautistic to get started or check out who I’m following because I follow a lot of autistic tiktokers and creators.


Organizations


Podcasts

Shows


Episodes


Formal Diagnosis Resources


Autism Research

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