What is it like being an autistic woman?
Autism Can Look Like Social Anxiety or Shyness For example, social deficits, like difficulty reading social cues can lead to heightened anxiety. Then, this may lead a woman with autism to avoid social situations. This social avoidance and minimal eye contact can be interpreted by others as shyness.
What is the life expectancy of a woman with autism?
One study, published in the American Journal of Public Health in April 2017, finds the life expectancy in the United States of those with ASD to be 36 years old as compared to 72 years old for the general population. They note that those with ASD are 40 times more likely to die from various injuries.