We are glad you're here. Autism is a difficult disorder to navigate, especially for females. We are under-diagnosed, unknown (but getting closer!), and so many of us are confused about our varied symptoms.
Since this sub is brand new, it is still under construction. The plan is to provide more information on female autism in this post. Rules will be expanded. Please bear with us while we work on it.
I created this sub because I am part of the autism and aspergirls subreddits and there wasn't one here. I am 41, and I went looking for a diagnosis at 38. I read an article in the news about autism, which I only had a passing familiarity with up until then, and it sounded so much like me that I started researching.
Unfortunately, I fell into the same hole so many other females get dumped in. I was diagnosed with Social Pragmatic Language Disorder by the only autism specialist in the area. This is the unhelpful way to say I have autism. I can get no disability, no help, nothing, with that diagnosis. In the future, I will be seeking a proper diagnosis. My husband, currently the only other mod, is in Psychology and has helped me understand so much about myself that I never would have found on my own.
Links with More Information
Spectrum News - Provides the latest information on Autism
NBCI - Article that gives information on a possible gene for Aspergers. This gene is just a candidate, not a verified quantity.
Science Daily - Autistic and non-autistic brain differences isolated for first time (Website also contains related links you can look at!)
MIT News - Brain waves reflect different types of learning (Not Autism specific, but does relate to the way we learn)