Autism Rights Group Highland

ARGH book project: Menopause

ARGH are hoping to publish our first book, it will be edited and produced in partnership with Debbie Allan (an Autistic person from Glasgow). The subject will be the Menopause, this is a subject that there is currently very little written about from an Autistic perspective.

We are looking for pieces of writing by adults who identify as Autistic (with or without diagnosis) who are willing to write about their own experiences of Menopause, either from the perspective of having been through, currently going through or looking to the future and how they feel about that stage of life.

We would like up to 1,500 words (about 3 typed pages ) on this subject.

Each chapter of the book will be written by a different Autistic person about their experiences. There will also be contribution from a medical professional to provide medical fact.

There is a limited amount of space so it might not be possible to accept all submissions – those that are accepted might be edited, the edited version would then be discussed with the contributor and only published if/when it was agreed on.

Could you email: if you would like to contribute, and also send your contribution there before 31st January 2016. Do feel free to forward this to anyone else you think might be interested in contributing.

Contributions will be printed crediting the original author, either with their own name or pseudonym, as they prefer.

Suggestions for questions to think about in your writing, you do not have to answer all or any of these questions.

You may choose to answer these or to write about anything else in relation to your personal experiences.

Did you feel supported through Menopause, if so what was it helpful, who were you supported by?

What do you think medical professionals, support staff or family members need to consider when supporting an Autistic person through menopause?

Did you find ways of coping with symptoms of menopause that you feel others would benefit from, if so please share them.

Had you thought about menopause before you went through it yourself? If so was it as you imagined, was it better than you imagined or was it worse?

The book will also contain a Question and Answer section, the answers being provided by either other Autistic people or a medical professional. (This section will be medical fact and discussion, it is not meant provide medical advice to individual readers. In matters of health you should always consult a medical professional such as your own GP, no book can act as a substitute for this).

ARGH and other book project members would like to thank Caroline Hearst of AutAngel and Autism Matters for her advice on this project

ARGH is an organisation which will:

-Inform service providers about what autistic people really experience.

-Campaign for better services for autistic people in the highlands and beyond.

-Challenge stigma and discrimination through education about autistic strengths.

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