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.
Daryl Hannah is most famous for her roles in Splash, Kill Bill, Wall Street, and Steel Magnolias. In 2013, Daryl revealed that she had been struggling with Asperger’s syndrome for years, causing extreme social anxiety. When she was diagnosed as a child, Daryl recounts doctors prescribing numerous medications and suggesting institutionalization. Instead, Daryl focused on her passions, acting, ballet, and more recently campaigning for the environment.
*For more facts about Autism visit http://nationalautismassociation.org/resources/autism-fact-sheet/