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Sat, 12 Nov



Autism and Intersectionality with Gender with Dr Wenn Lawson

Dr Wenn Lawson discusses individual differences in the development of sexual and gender identities for Autistic people.

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Autism and Intersectionality with Gender with Dr Wenn Lawson
Autism and Intersectionality with Gender with Dr Wenn Lawson

Time & Location

12 Nov 2022, 09:00 – 10:00 GMT


About the Event

In this webinar Dr Wenn Lawson explores the idea that males and females experience sexuality and gender differently in autism, compared to the allistic population, is not new but, what will this mean for diagnosis, individual development of sexual and gender identities as well as how to support this diverse population?

Autism means having a brain and mindset impacted by being monotropic. Monotropism (single-focused attention) means we develop passionate interests. Such interests can capture our attention completely leaving no spare attention for other things.

Gender and sexuality are different: gender refers to our identity and how we perceive ourselves and is based within the neurological system, whereas sexuality is physiological and includes biological functions of the reproductive system as well as sexual behaviour.

Both gender and sexuality may be experienced differently by the autistic(AS) population when compared to the allistic (non-autistic) population. Because in autism our brain leads us to be single focussed and not traditionally bound to being socialised in ways the allistic population experiences, this will dictate to all areas of our lives. This obviously has implications for gender and sexual development, comprehension and experience.

Dr. Wenn Lawson CPsychol AFBsS

Dr. Wenn, (Phd) Autistic lecturer, advocate, researcher, writer and poet has passionately shared professional and personal knowledge of autism over the past 3 decades. In Australia, Wenn is an Associate Researcher with Curtin University (WA) & Macquarie University (NSW). In the UK Wenn is a Tutor Practitioner with the University of Birmingham’s (UK) Masters Autism course. Back home in Oz, Wenn is a member of the autism Co-operative Research Centre (ACRC), member of the Autism Research Council, Ambassador for ‘I CAN’, Australia, and on the Editorial Board ‘Autism in Adulthood’. In 2021 Dr. Wenn was awarded the Lesley Hall National award for Disability Leadership. Dr. Wenn is a family man with autistic offspring and grandchildren.

Fully funded tickets are available to Autistic parents in the UK.

Professional tickets £15 (include an attendance certificate).

You do not have to be a professional to purchase this ticket. 


Donations & Payments will be spent on paying speakers for our events which will always be free for Autistic parents in the UK. The recording will be made available to ticket holders after the event.

The recording will be sent out to all attendees after the event.


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