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Living On The Autism Spectrum: Women Talk About Their Diagnoses As Adults

Chion Wolf
Sarah Hernandez - Board of Education member in Enfield, Connecticut.

When we hear the words “autism diagnosis” it’s common to imagine a young child or adolescent.

But what about those who receive their diagnoses at a later stage of life -- in the midst of successful careers or long, happy marriages?

This hour, we meet two women who were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as adults.

Sarah Hernandez is a member of Enfield's Board of Education. Laura James is a journalist and author of the new book Odd Girl Out.

Coming up, we hear their stories and consider what it means to be autistic in 2017. 

Plus: understanding the language we use around autism.

High-functioning autism, low-functioning autism -- where do these labels come from? And are they really necessary?


  • Laura James - Journalist and author of Odd Girl Out: My Extraordinary Autistic Life
  • Sarah Hernandez - Board of Education member in Enfield, Connecticut
  • Amber Underhill - Parent of a child with autism spectrum disorder

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Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

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