We at FIGS are a mix of mothers, fathers and adult autistics who have experienced first hand inequalities within education, health and social care.
This takes many forms, from the unacceptable and damaging delays in diagnosis to the inability to secure ‘appropriate’ education for autistic girls or the appalling lack of support and understanding for those in crisis. Our organisation exists to identify and address these problems head on and bring about real and lasting change so that no autistic girl or woman is left isolated, misunderstood or unsupported by the sectors and services that are designed to be there to support her.
Each of us has a story to tell and over the next four weeks we will be running a campaign on social media #GirlsCanBeAutisticToo to highlight the myriad challenges our girls and women face on a daily basis but also to offer an alternative vision for a society where this is no longer a reality and every autistic girl has the opportunity to thrive and reach her potential.
We’ll be looking at different topics over the 4 week period and actively welcome your stories, soundbites, contributions and opinions.
Individually we are all struggling for recognition but together we are a force to be reckoned with.
Please lend your voice and your experience to this campaign. Stand with us so that no teacher, doctor, psychologist or social worker is unaware of the challenges autistic girls face, or the unique presentation of female autism. It’s time to end the ignorance and stigma and to move forward to a brighter future for all autistic women.