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Invisible: Why Do So Few Girls and Women Get an Autism Diagnosis?
March 14, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Overview: This presentation will discuss some of the reasons why more boys than girls receive an autism diagnosis, common co-occurring diagnoses and misdiagnoses that teens and adult women receive, strengths and struggles for autistic women across the lifespan, and finally screening and diagnostic tools specifically designed for females. If you or your daughter have been diagnosed with autism or are wondering about an autism diagnosis this session will provide helpful information and resources.
Dr. Katelyn Lowe is the Chief Strategy Officer at The Sinneave Family Foundation and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Calgary
She is a Registered Psychologist specializing in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders and mental health and has trained in a wide range of mental health interventions including HeartMath®, MYmind, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
Ms. Rebecca Witwicky – B.A. Social & Cultural Anthropology, B.Sc. Registered Nursing.
Writer, Speaker, Mentor, ASD Self-Advocate.
Interests include physical fitness and holistic health and wellness, in particular spiritual therapies.
She is currently writing a book on her experience living with ASD and working on creating her own business with the aim of educating and increasing awareness around ASD in women and girls and current treatment options.