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Study: Gender, autism in adulthood and presenting as 'normal' (interview-based)

JaJH

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Hi! I'm non-binary, asexual and autistic (I was diagnosed aged 21). Starting from my own experiences, I'm now carrying out research on autistic women, trans and NB people’s experiences of presenting as socially ‘normal’ - particularly focused on exploring how this intersects with gender. The study is for my undergraduate dissertation for my degree in politics, sociology and anthropology. I'm looking for people to get involved and I'd love it if anyone here would consider taking part! Even if not, I would also love to start a discussion on the subject

I’m passionate about challenging the dominant ways in which autism is understood. I hope that a study by an autistic person with other autistic people on our experiences about (neuro)typicality will be one way to do this. I’m trying to put make research that says there should be “nothing about us without us”

As I said above, I’m specifically looking to work with autistic women, trans and non-binary people diagnosed in adulthood. If that describes you, I’d love it if you’d consider taking part! I’m focusing mainly on carrying out some interviews (one on one). If you’re interested, please get in touch either by message or my email and we can talk more

I might also get in touch to ask members of the community about whether they would be happy to be quoted in my work. If so, I’ll might be in touch directly. In any case, I’m trying to ensure personal privacy to the best of my ability for everyone.


I have a website with more information, which you can find here: Jamie's Dissertation.

If you’re interested in being interviewed or have any questions, you can ask them here, in this thread, or PM/Inbox me on this site.

The formal conditions for taking part are that you should:
• Identify as a woman, as trans or as non-binary
• Be aged 18 or over
• Have been diagnosed with Autism-Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger’s or a related diagnosis, at around 18 or over (can be a bit flexible here)

Thanks for reading:)
 
It's a shorthand for 'asexual spectrum' used by the asexual/aromantic community as an umbrella term for asexuality as an LGBT+ orientation Asexual Spectrum. Hope that helps:)

Yes, thankyou. The best I could come up with was Ace Specialist, as in expert at something. ;D
 
Yes, thankyou. The best I could come up with was Ace Specialist, as in expert at something. ;D

"Chaucer!"
"Rabelais!"
"BALZAC!"

But everyone in the movie theater hears--

"Jaws, sir!"
"Rebel Ace!!"
"BALLSACK!"

(Misheard lyrics, "Pick a little, talk a little," The Music Man)
 
I have some mental health comorbidities, but otherwise I fit the criteria. Are comorbidities an issue for this study?
 
Sure, I'll give it a go, just depends on the nature of this interview. I'm good with things like text chat or emails or whatever but not exactly good with voice chat or stuff like that (heck, I dont even have a mic).
 
I have some mental health comorbidities, but otherwise I fit the criteria. Are comorbidities an issue for this study?

Hi:) comorbidities are absolutely not a problem (I have a few as well). I'm aiming to be as flexible and accessible as possible, so if there are any adjustments you'd like I'd be happy to make them
 
Sure, I'll give it a go, just depends on the nature of this interview. I'm good with things like text chat or emails or whatever but not exactly good with voice chat or stuff like that (heck, I dont even have a mic).

Text chat and/or emails are absolutely fine - I'm carrying out the interviews across a variety of mediums and am aiming to make the project as accessible as I can. I'll send a DM with more details. Thanks for your interest!
 
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