Predictors of Success Factors: Hearing the voices of successful women on the autismspectrum
Seeking adult women with Autism
We want to talk to adult women with a formal diagnosis of Autismabout living with Autism and success and failure predictors..
There exists a great need to understand Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from the point of view of adult womendiagnosed with the condition. Although much research has focused on the challenges faced by individuals with ASDand the poor outcomes currently experienced by many individuals on the spectrum, almost no research has focused onthe factors that allow some individuals to overcome these challenges and achieve positive outcomes in different areasof their lives.This research aims to give females with ASD a voice, through telling their lived experience/stories in order to explorethe internal and external factors which have allowed them to overcome barriers through their life and achievesuccessful outcomes.You will be required to tell your own story through oral or written means to be included in the study. In addition,individuals must have received their diagnosis from a psychiatrist, paediatrician, neurologist, psychologist, or diagnostic team to be included in the study. Individuals within the target group will be invited to participate ininterviews over a six-month period (September, 2013 to March, 2014).Our research focus is to identify internal and external factors which have allowed you to overcome barriers throughoutyour life and achieve successful outcomes. The project is important for the Autism community and females of all ageswith Autism.The information you provide will be used to document predictors or barriers to success. These initial findings will alsoinform a larger future project undertaking a more extensive study of adult women from a range of countriesthroughout the world. The outcomes of the major project should enable us to understand a variety of predictors,contribute to providing support and/or interventions to girls and/or women with Autism, to address the needs of females with Autism,If you agree to participate, you will be asked:
to take part in an interview(s) (by phone or email or Skype) of approximately 30-60 minutes on predictors of failure or success