We celebrate Women's History Month by recognizing the women who had the vision that led to QSAC's founding and the women who continue to lead the organization today. It is their shared vision and efforts that have guided QSAC through more than 40 years of service to the autism community of New York City and Long Island.
Pictured above are founding and current members of QSAC's Board of Directors including Esther Wilson (far left), a past board member; the current Chair of the Board, Yvette Watts (second from left); Janice Silber (third from left), former board member and honorary board member (in memoriam); Diana Parisy (fourth from left), current Vice Chair of the Board; and Edna Kleiman (third from the right), a QSAC founder. QSAC board members are joined in the photo by members of the Queens Chapter of the Autism Society of America. Below is a picture of Esther Greenberg, who was also a QSAC founder and longtime board member.
In honor of Women's History Month, we have also curated resources highlighting the experiences of women with autism. These resources include information networks as well as community-based programming.
Vanderbilt University's Frist Center for Autism and Innovation has a dedicated portion of its website focused specifically on women with autism.
If you are in the New York City area, Felicity House is a nonprofit organization that provides a social community for women with autism.
The Autism/Asperger Network (AANE) offers informational articles, first-person stories, videos, and other resources for women.
The Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network (AWN) is committed to recognizing and celebrating diversity and the many intersectional experiences in our community. They provide a number of informational resources via their website and also regularly host webinars on timely topics. Cool fact: AWN's website is being archived by the Library of Congress in recognition of AWN's contribution to women and gender studies.