Autism Ontario celebrates International Women's Day 2021 in Ontario by honouring:
- Autistic girls and women of all ages who find ways, despite increased rates of mental health challenges during a pandemic, to learn online, adapt to new ways of being with family members during lockdowns, and share their stories and artwork with us.
- Amazing women caregivers/parents who, compared to men, have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in their roles as caregivers, in their own loss of income or employment due to becoming at-home teachers because their children couldn't attend school safely; and who still continued to advocate for their children in every way possible.
- Female healthcare providers, first responders, childcare providers, teachers, and respite workers who, despite risks to themselves and their own families, continued to provide diagnostic assessments, necessary healthcare, education, and other supports and services for children and adults on the spectrum, and their families throughout the past year.
- Outstanding women autism researchers who continue to ask helpful questions and provide new insights about the who, what, when, where and why about autism, autistic people, and the province in which they live.
We offer our sincerest thanks and gratitude for your resilience, intellect, and determination as girls and women of all cultures, races, and socio-economic statuses who love and support people on the autism spectrum in Ontario.