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 has, unknowingly, been lived through the lens of Asperger’s Syndrome. This blog was (and still is) intended to act as a safe place for me to decant my thoughts for further reflection.
I started blogging anonymously because my goal is not to personally gain any recognition, but rather to just be another voice in the growing autistic women’s web presence. I am putting my face & name on my blog now (as of April 2017) because of my ambassadorship with The International Aspergirl® Society and inclusion as a contributor to Spectrum Women Magazine! However, I will still be using pseudonyms when I refer to my husband Paul or my stepmom Rita (or anyone else by name), except for other online autism writers.
I have been inspired by the written works of other women who have received 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 an Aspergirl®* will hopefully help those in the future. (*term coined by Rudy Simone)
I am now 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.
I am joining forces with Robin Shaw of Aspiregers to spread awareness of the Autism Spectrum through the use of captivating multimedia presentations, webinars, fun workshops and specialist one-to-one support.
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 The All-American Rejects and Manic Street Preachers; my husband introduced me to their 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 8 years old but is very petite, very chatty (meows a lot!) and very cuddly. I am also a feminist, an atheist and an environmentalist (“tree-hugger”).
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