Hi, I’m Kat. After many years of knowing I was ‘different’, but never knowing why, I was diagnosed as autistic with ADHD at the age of 32.
My eldest son had been diagnosed a number of years earlier, and it was a combination of recognising myself in many of the answers I was providing to paediatricians about my son, my engagement with the autistic community online where I felt comfortable in a ‘crowd’ for the first time, and the assumption many professionals working with autistics had of me (that I was already diagnosed) that made me pursue diagnosis. Once on the right pathway it didn’t take very long to receive my diagnosis.
I have been involved in advocacy, within the community and privately, for a number of years, but it’s taken a long time to find an organisation whose core aims and objectives align with mine. Thanks to Willow Holloway, I have finally found not one, but two! Autistic UK, and The Autistic Women’s Empowerment Project.
I am now one of the Directors of Autistic UK CIC, with my current focus being on communication and community engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic.