swanThe event From Cygnet to Swan took place on October 4, 2016 in the Insight Institute at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.  The conference was presented by Autism Network Scotland (ANS) and the Scottish Women with Autism Network (SWAN). This was the third event for women and girls on the autism spectrum and held as an evening seminar.


The focus of this event was on the journey into adulthood as an autistic woman. It provided a unique opportunity for women and girls to network with each other as well as hear three presentations from women reflecting on their experiences navigating through life. The opportunity to ask the speakers questions and generate wider discussion took place at the end of the evening.


Sarah Lomax was the first speaker at the SWAN event . sarah Her presentation from Cygnet to SWAN spoke about her journey from school to today including her key achievements such presenting on SAM Radio and developing her own blog In stiches with Aspergers. Sarah also spoke about the positive impact her dogs had on her life and showcased some of the items she had made for them via her sewing activities.

swan2Dr Catriona Stewart and Dr Claire Evans – Williams ,respectively, spoke about their experiences and perspective on autism, life transitions and being determined.

Key feedback from the event included:

“ Satisfied with the positive message put across throughout the evening on the achievements of speakers”

“Speakers were all wonderful”

“thoroughly enjoyed the evening – positivity restored!”


You can view the SWAN website https://swanscotland.wordpress.com/You can view information from last year’s SWAN event online at www.autismnetworkscotland.org.uk/health-and-wellbeing-for-women-and-girls-on-the-autism-spectrum/

The Right Click information developed by Dr Catriona Stewart can be found at www.scottishautism.org/services-support/support-families/women-and-girls-online-support

SAM radio information can be viewed at http://samradio.org/news/

Sarah’s blog can be viewed at www.facebook.com/InStitchesWithAspergers/

Dr Evans-Williams paper on Diagnosing/recognising high functioning autism in adult females : challenging stereotypes can be viewed at https://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/handle/10023/9207