Autism may now affect 1 in 68*, but that number is drastically lower when comparing autistic boys and girls. Often studies and articles cite a ratio of 4:1, meaning for every 4 autistic boys, there is 1 autistic girl. The characteristics can differ greatly as well. The Simon Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) recently published an article explaining the differences in depth after various studies were conducted. You can find their research here.
Rather than bore you with more studies and statistics, I’d like to show you how amazing girls and women with autism can be! Here are 5 women with autism who have made quite an impact.
Miss Montana 2012 and a contestant in the 2013 Miss America Pageant. Wineman, 18, is the pageant’s first autistic competitor. “Growing up, I never was really interested in pageants. I thought it would be something I was never able to do,” Wineman told Today. “I was wondering why I was different, why I couldn’t make any friends, why I was bullied. I just kept asking myself, ‘Why, why, why?'” She was diagnosed at age 11. She has formed partnerships with the autism groups Autism Speaks and Generation Rescue and the special needs support group AbilityPath. It’s all provided her with a perfect platform for Miss America: Living with Autism.
*For more facts about Autism visit http://nationalautismassociation.org/resources/autism-fact-sheet/