Autism spectrum disorder has been underestimated in girls, women, non-binary people and other minorities. Boys are 4 times more likely to receive an autism diagnosis than girls. Further, being Hispanic or Black also reduces the likelihood of receiving an autism diagnosis compared to their white peers. These disparities could be mostly related to the fact that the current diagnosis tests are based on studies done on white boys.
Kate Kahle is one of these girls who received a late diagnosis of autism. In the following Ted Talk “Why autism is often missed in women and girls” Kate explains her story, how receiving the diagnosis helped to better understand what was happening to her and how to cope. She also details some of the specific characteristics of autism spectrum disorder in females. As well as addresses the importance of breaking down stereotypes, and building acceptance and compassion.
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