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Gender Differences in Autism

Jeanette Purkis (author, artist and public servant) shares her experience as a woman with Autism in this video.

Jeanette talks about the “boy type” and “girl type” Autism and how lack of awareness of Autism in women meant that she was not diagnosed properly. Jeanette co-facilitates a support group for women on the Autism spectrum and stresses the value of such groups in providing a sense of belonging.

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Jeanette Purkis

Jeanette Purkis is the author of ‘Finding a Different Kind of Normal: Misadventures with Asperger Syndrome’ – an autobiography, and ‘The Wonderful World of Work: A Workbook for Asperteens’- an activity book about employment for teens on the Autism spectrum. Jeanette recently signed a contract to co-author a book about mental health and Autism. She has contributed to three other books as well as journals, blogs and websites. Jeanette has a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and atypical schizophrenia.

Jeanette has been working full-time for the Australian Public Service since 2007. In between writing and paid work, Jeanette frequently gives talks about living well with Autism and mental illness. She gave a presentation on Autism and resilience at the TEDx Canberra conference in 2013. Jeanette facilitates a support group for women on the Autism spectrum and has her own internet radio show entitled ‘Jeanette’s Autism Show.’ Jeanette lives in Canberra with her little black kitty.

You can find Jeanette on Facebook and Twitter.

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