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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Spectrum presents ‘Flying University: Women on the autism spectrum’

Most autism research — and, by extension, most stories about autism — focuses on men and their experiences. To shine a spotlight on women with autism, on 28 March, Spectrum teamed up with the science-storytelling venue Caveat in New York City. Three autistic women talked about their experiences dating, looking for jobs and the particular challenges that racial minorities with the condition can face.
Lindsey Nebeker spoke about negotiating love and romance on the spectrum. Sara Luterman told heart-rending stories about the problems she and other autistic adults face when trying to find — and keep — a job. She also weighed the pros and cons of disclosing an autism diagnosis during a job interview. Finally, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu explored the complications race and ethnicity can layer on top of an autism diagnosis.