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©2019 by Auti.Ms. 

Who we are...

From Idea to Reality: The Evolution of Auti.Ms

Founded to “advance the public's understanding, professional and general, in England and Wales, of the prevalence and needs of females with ASC. We aim to raise awareness and promote the development of research and activities to further the knowledge of female ASC and to better identify those effected”.

The what:

  • This is the first charity aimed at solely raising awareness of females with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), especially those who are high-functioning 

  • The charity aims to get recognition from other Autism charities, mental health charities (Mind, Beat, Mental Health UK) and public support to highlight the extent and nature of this issue.

 

The why:

  • Currently there is a lack of awareness and understanding of Autism in females which this has led to the under/mis diagnosis of the condition and other related adversities. 

  • Why?:

    • Female Autism is under researched - little is known about the symptoms.

    • The current diagnostic criteria is male oriented and inappropriate for girls.

    • Professionals working with children: (teachers, doctors, social workers, paediatricians) lack an understanding of females with Autism.

    • Clinicians working within Autism and Mental Health Service are also unaware of the effects of Autism in girls.

  • Currently many girls with ASC are not diagnosed leaving them misunderstood, socially isolated and their needs not met. Many struggle daily, in silence which can have a negative, long-term impact on girls’ self-esteem, confidence and mental wellbeing

  • In addition, many girls who get referred for an Autism assessment do not meet the current male oriented criteria, not diagnosed and  do receive sufficient support: emotional, social or academic which can cause, serious and preventable mental health conditions (Depression, Anxiety, Eating disorders, OCD).

  • Girls who face adversities which are diagnosed may not be receiving appropriate treatment due to the lack of identification of a possible underlying ASC. In addition, even when girls have received a positive ASC diagnosis services are not well informed of females with ASC and how best to tailor the treatment

  • It is NOW, more than ever, with the rising mental health adversities facing society, a VITAL need to improve our received a positive ASC diagnosis services are not well informed of females with ASC and how best to tailor the treatment

  • These girls are therefore less able to reach their potential and are being failed by society and being referred to as ‘the lost generation’.

  • It is NOW, more than ever, with the rising mental health adversities facing society, a VITAL need to improve our collective understanding of how Autism presents and effects girls on the spectrum.

  • There needs to be:

    • a greater understanding amongst the public into Autism in females 

    • Better informed professionals, clinicians and those working with children so more girls are recognised as Autistic and their need met

    • a appropriate diagnostic criteria for ASC in girls 

    • better informed Mental health services so treatment is tailored to meet these girl’s needs and the correct treatment can be given

    • More research into girls with ASC

    • Appropriate support for females with autism

The how:

Auti.Ms will… 

  1. Raise awareness of females with ASC in society

  2. Raise money for vital research in the field

  3. Raise money and enhance the spread of awareness for more effective: campaigns, adverts, leaflets and propaganda

  4. Raise money and deliver workshops to clinicians, professionals and others working with children on how to spot the signs of females with ASC.

  5. Provide resources and support directly for females with Autism.

  • Initially the charity will begin on a local scale with Trustees and volunteers.

  • Business model:

    • Founder - Sophie Beatrice McInnes

    • Trustee run - Lorraine, Gabi, Debs, Rachael and Amy

How our funds/support will be spent/used…

  1. Raise awareness of females with ASC in society

    • Money to hold talks/workshops - rental costs for stalls/venues, money to speakers(?), money for resources to distribute

    • Money for producing resources - printing, payments to platforms 

    • Support to develop the contents of - talks, workshops, materials to distribute at events 

  1. Raise money for vital research in the field

    • For university research - eventually become a sponsor

    • Academics to undertake research

  1. Raise money to enhance the spread of awareness for more effective: campaigns, adverts, leaflets and propaganda

    • Money for producing resources on a larger scale/more influential platforms - printing, payments to platforms

    • Money for distributing resources - advertising costs, membership fees

    • Support in reaching our beneficiaries and raising awareness of our charity - websites, media, businesses, connections

  1. Raise money to hold and deliver workshops to clinicians, professionals and others working with children on how to spot the signs of females with ASC.

    • Support in creating resources to distribute

    • Support from professionals in delivering workshops to schools/clinicians

  • Initially the charity will begin on a local scale with Trustees and volunteers.

    • Help distribute resources

    • Help deliver/set up talks/workshops

    • Help produce resources - website and social media

    • Help to make connections