14 Amazing Women With Autism

"Autism's a very important part of who I am. I like the way I think, and I wouldn't want to change that." — Temple Grandin

We wanted to highlight some amazing women with autism who have accomplished some incredible things.

According to the Autism Society, "Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a 'spectrum disorder' that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism..."

Some facts and statistics from the Autism Society include:

  • About 1 percent of the population of children in the U.S. ages 3-17 have an autism spectrum disorder.
  • Prevalence is estimated at 1 in 68 births.
  • 1 to 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.

Many of the women we showcase in our photo gallery described being treated differently and not getting the same opportunities because they think and act differently. As MAKERS has found, time and again, there is no DNA of a MAKER. We salute these women for their creative thinking and drive, succeeding in ways people never thought they could.

While we are still learning more about autism, what we do know is that "you can't be what you can't see," and every young girl should have an amazing role model to look up to. 


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