Hi, my name is Kate.
When I started this blog in August 2015, I embarked on a journey to establish if my whole life experience had, unknowingly, been lived through the lens of autism. This blog was (and still is) intended to act as a safe place for me to decant my thoughts for further reflection, as well as sharing insights with the online neurodiversity community.
I started blogging anonymously because my goal is not to personally gain any recognition, but rather to be another voice in the growing autistic women’s web presence. I have put my face & name on my blog (as of April 2017) because of my inclusion as a contributor to Spectrum Women Magazine & published book Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism! However, I will still use pseudonyms when I refer to anyone else by name, with the exception of other autistic writers, citing their pages accordingly.
I have been inspired by the written works of other women who have received professional validation (my preferred terminology for a “diagnosis”) in adulthood and feel that if I add my voice to the emerging collective of women on the spectrum, then my experience of life as a neurodivergent woman will hopefully help those in the future.
Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism – published 21st August 2018! Available to buy at:
This is an edited collection that tackles a range of issues that affect autistic women, including chapters on growing up, identity, diversity, parenting, independence and self-care. Well-known writers provide advice, support and empowerment to fellow autistic women, and expert Dr Michelle Garnett provides professional commentary for each chapter.
Contributing Authors: Artemisia, Maura Campbell, Barb Cook, Samantha Craft, Jen Elcheson, Dena Gassner, Liane Holliday Willey, Christine Jenkins, Renata Jurkevythz, Anita Lesko, Becca Lory, Kate Ross, Terri Mayne, Jeanette Purkis, Catriona Stewart
I am certified by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) as a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS), defined as a professional who is responsible for the support and/or services provided to an individual on the autism spectrum that directly relates to the professionals’ specific scope of practice.
A few fun things about me. 🙂
I’m a big Beatles fan and have an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of their discography and band history. My favourite modern bands are Manic Street Preachers and The All-American Rejects (since 2003! even though they’ve not released anything new in a few years); my husband introduced me to the Manics’ music after we started dating and I’m the one who keeps a keen eye out for concert dates! I also love cats and have a long-haired tortoiseshell kitten-cat; she’s 12 years old, very petite, very chatty (meows a lot!) and very cuddly. I am also a feminist, an atheist (in the literal meaning of the word, “lacking a theology”), an environmentalist, and member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Why do you call yourself Cherry Blossom Tree, and why is the blog called “I Am My Own Experience”?
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“Great that you’ve been able to chronicle your autism journey like this! I love that it takes you throughout your path to diagnosis with lots of interesting insights along the way.”
– Chris Bonello, Autistic Not Weird