ARGH (Autism Rights Group Highland) are hoping to publish their first book. The book will be edited and produced in partnership with Debbie Allan, an autistic person from Glasgow. The book’s subject will be menopause, from an autistic perspective.
ARGH are looking for writing submissions from adults who identify as autistic (with or without diagnosis.) They would like submissions about the author’s own experience of menopause: having been through, going through currently or looking to the future and how they feel about that stage of life. They would like submissions of up to 1,500 words (about three typed pages.)
Each chapter of the book will be written by a different autistic person describing their experiences. A medical professional will also contribute to provide medical facts.
There is a limited amount of space so it might not be possible to accept all submissions. Accepted submissions might be edited, but the edited version would be discussed with the contributor and only published if and when it was agreed on.
The book will also contain a question and answer section. The answers will be provided by either autistic people or a medical professional. This section will be medical fact and discussion, it is not meant provide medical advice to individual readers.
If you would like to contribute, please email Kabie Brook with your submission no later than January 31, 2016. Contributions will be printed crediting the original author, either with their own name or pseudonym, as they prefer.
You may choose to answer the suggested questions below, or to write about anything else in relation to your personal experiences. Suggestions for questions to think about in your writing (you do not have to answer all or any of these questions):
- Did you feel supported through menopause? If so, what was helpful, and who were you supported by?
- What do you think medical professionals, support staff or family members need to consider when supporting an autistic person through menopause?
- Did you find ways of coping with symptoms of menopause that you feel others would benefit from? If so, please share them.
- Had you thought about menopause before you went through it yourself? If so was it as you imagined, better or worse?
ARGH and other book project members would like to thank Caroline Hearst of AutAngel and Autism Matters for her advice on this project.
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