I had an Agnostic account a handful of months back but deleted it to continue finding myself without any form of social media to cloud my direction. That being said I'll reintroduce myself to this group for anyone new or that have forgotten me from before.
I'm Jackie, and I'm Autistic. Level One, formerly known as Aspergers. 39 year old gender queer (simply means I don't really fit into society's definition of gender). While I relate more often to being feminine, I sometimes relate to neither gender, then other times I relate to being way more masculine than that stereotypical Tom Boy type. Studies are coming out that lots of people on the spectrum don't relate to typical gender roles. Just as we don't relate to lots of other typical things about society. This in turn makes many of us even more isolated, which then festers mental health issues in many of us....
As I'm learning more about myself I'm connecting more with the PROPER ASD education that's out there. As there's tons of junk. Tons of junk created mostly by ableist that think they are understanding ASD but get it all wrong. I've found an amazing site recently that seems to be putting out a TON of great resources and information. If anyone is interested here's the link: [awnnetwork.org] it is for Autistic Women and Nonbinary peoples. But I think EVERYONE could benefit from looking this site over. It is amazing and has resources for how to navigate going to the doctor's office and much more. They have a Facebook page as well.
The end of last month I got to take part in a 3 day Leadership Institute run through the Autism Training Center at my alma mater, Marshall University. We did a Facebook Live session and thought it was a really helpful discussion that we had. Here's the link if any of you want to watch it: [facebook.com] I'll link it on my main page as well eventually.
I work in the field of Autism, an amazing subject to be involved with. I'd suggest looking into the work of the late Lorn Wing and current research from Prof, Simon Baron-Cohen (yes he is related to Sasha Baron-Cohen/Borat).
In the UK we don't currently type Autism officially, but that may change when DSM VI comes out.