To coin the phrase from the "The Greatest Showman"
Women do not become Autistic, or "Aspies," as I call us, all of a sudden. We grew up in the fifties through the eighties, never understanding why life was harder for us than for our siblings, cousins, classmates, and ultimately colleagues. Autism was not recognized as a neurological difference in audio and sensory information processing. The medical and education fields believed that there was only one form of neurological processing and thus considered us to be "slow learners."
We were rejected and often bullied with a great deal of name-calling. For many years we just accepted this behavior believing we were inferior, possibly even disabled. Throughout our schooling, we found a group that finally accepted us. For me, they were musicians. Upon high school and college graduations, some were fortunate to slide into full careers before the traits of Autism showed up in their interviews and work cultures. However, many, like me, could not obtain careers within our college fields of study. Even though we could handle the position, we were too anxious in the interview to compete with the neurotypical candidates. To the best of our ability, we found other low-pay or no-pay jobs to keep us busy. We became the under-employed Aspie demographic. Some women found that this hardship was more than they could handle. Many of our family members also had difficulty accepting our newly diagnosed condition, which became understood almost eight years after the male gender by Tony Atwood, a leading psychologist. Sadly, with the combined factors of family members doubting our diagnosis and challenges obtaining emotionally sustaining career positions, some women commit suicide at the average age of 54.
In 2018, I found a wonderful institute with an amazing leader who immediately saw my gifts that nobody had bothered to acknowledge as unique. This newfound belief in my extraordinary abilities inspired me to get certified as a Life Coach to lead other women to find their gifts and escape the horrific statistic of suicide among Aspie women.
Try to Imagine...
Turning your life one hundred and eighty degrees in just five years.
This is my story about feeling like a victim who lived through a wrongful termination and survived a horrific car accident. With the assistance of an amazing mentor and continuous transformational study, I became a certified stage-speaking Life Coach and leader for late diagnosed Autistic women.
Alternative Work Experiences
Lead and Auxiliary After School Educator
Utilizing my organizational skills and enrichment education background, I served inan auxiliary and lead teacher position as an enrichment educator for elementary school age children.
2000 - 2009
Girl Scout Leader and Program Developer.
Creating a safe and enriching environment for school age girls to learn new skills through badgework, and field trips allowed them to explore new interests. As program developer, I created educational camping trips to historical locations in New England and a discovery forum for the GSUSA in New York City.
2004 - 2010
PTO After School Enrichment Organizer
Utilizing the format of previous organizers, I embarked on the role of coordinating instructors, and classes for elementary school children. I notified parents of offered programs and collected permission slips and payments for these classes. I supervised the safe transition of the children between their classrooms and the program; and the parent pick-up protocol.