Carly Jones MBE: Autism in Women

Carly Jones MBE: Autism in Women

Date: 30th March 2020
Time: 12.30-1.30 p.m.
Location: Room 2.76 (Lecture Theatre 2), Bedson Building


NU Women are proud to present Carly Jones MBE, who will be speaking at Newcastle University as part of International Autism Week.

Abstract
The experiences of autistic women and girls are still very much misunderstood. It’s still more common for men and boys to receive a diagnosis of autism, and increasingly believed that autistic women and girls may be better at masking their difficulties, leading to their autism being missed. This highly informative talk will explore why women are diagnosed later, the vulnerabilities and misunderstandings, as well as legal and health implications.

The event is open to all staff who are interested in learning more about autism in women. Attendees are welcome to bring lunch to the event.

About the Speaker
Carly is a British Autism Advocate who has worked for the inclusion of autistic women and girls since 2008. Speaking on news channels, at Universities and Parliament, she was the first British autistic woman to address the United Nations on autistic women’s rights. Carly was publicly appointed a member of the UK Honours Committee, is an independent panel member for the Ministry of Justice and works for the Heathrow Accessibility Advisory Group. Her aim to increase social mobility and elevate recognition of the most diverse range of talent in the UK to ensure that no individual is overlooked. She has created a free online safeguarding course for autistic girls and her award-winning disability films have been shown in the UK, USA, Indonesia, India, Rome and at the Cannes Film festival. Carly co-authors with National Autism charities on Government Safeguarding on Online Safety, Prevent Terrorism and Child Sexual Exploitation guidance, as well as Female specific briefings for The Autism Acts strategy 10 year Anniversary. She has had several submissions to UK Parliament and the United Nation Human rights office accepted and published. In 2017, Carly received an MBE for services to those with Autism.