Why we want to provide a space for neurodivergent females

By Carole McNally, Co-founder & Managing Director

In a world that often demands conformity, celebrating diversity is crucial, especially when it comes to understanding and supporting individuals with neurodivergent conditions.

While society has made strides in recognising and accommodating these differences, much work remains to be done, particularly in providing spaces where neurodivergent females can thrive.

Not only through my own lived experiences but watching my neurodivergent daughter’s struggle has brought home to me how much these spaces are needed.

Historically, discussions surrounding neurodiversity have predominantly centred around males. This lack of representation has led to a significant gap in understanding the unique experiences and challenges faced by neurodivergent females. By providing a space specifically tailored to our needs, we can amplify their voices and experiences, fostering a sense of belonging and validation.

Neurodivergent females often face stigma and misconceptions surrounding their conditions. We are often misdiagnosed or even left undiagnosed till much later in life: for every woman diagnosed with autism spectrum condition (ASC), roughly 3 to 6 men are diagnosed.

I was not diagnosed till in my 40’s. However, I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression in my twenties. I believe if I had had a support system around me that could have told me that how I felt, although different, was ok, I wouldn’t have spent the last thirty years on medication to make me ignore how unrooted I have felt all of my life. 

I was in the foster system, and my inability to fit in with societal norms left me homeless at 15, and my autism left me unable to ask for help. 

I don’t want any other young person to feel unwanted, undeserving or unloved.

Empowering neurodivergent females through support and advocacy

My youngest daughter is still going through a diagnosis. She has been left with no support for over two years now as there are not the resources out there to support her and the other young females struggling with the anxiety and mental health issues this can cause

Many struggle with societal expectations and stereotypes, leading to feelings of isolation and low self-esteem. This can cause anxiety, depression, self harm and suicidal thoughts. 

We can challenge these stereotypes and promote acceptance and understanding by offering a supportive environment. Sam, one of EnterTech’s co-founders, proved this by starting a neurodivergent female support group in the school where she works. This gave the girls (my daughter included) a safe space that allowed them to discuss their anxiety and created a sense of community and belonging many neurodivergent females lack.

Neurodivergent females may require different support and resources than their male counterparts. From educational strategies to therapeutic interventions, having access to tailored support can make a significant difference in our personal and professional lives. By providing a space dedicated to our needs, we can ensure these resources are readily available and easily accessible.

One of the most significant benefits of creating a space for neurodivergent females is the opportunity to foster connections and build a sense of community. Building relationships with individuals who share similar experiences can be incredibly empowering and validating. It creates a safe haven where individuals can freely express themselves without fear of judgement or misunderstanding.

Empowering neurodivergent females to advocate for themselves is essential for their personal growth and development. By providing a supportive space, we can equip these young women with the tools and resources to navigate various life aspects confidently. This includes advocating for accommodations, accessing necessary support services, and pursuing their goals and aspirations.

Creating a space for neurodivergent females is not just about inclusion; it’s about recognising their inherent value and potential. By embracing neurodiversity and fostering an environment of acceptance and support, EnterTech can empower neurodivergent females to thrive and flourish on their own terms. 

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