What is this research study about?
This research focuses on female autistics and their identities (who you are, and how you express yourself) in the context of paid work and employment transitions (such as training for or getting a new job, or changing roles in your current organisation). The research on female autistics specifically is motivated by the fact that within autism research a male bias continues to exist, and work experiences of autistics of any gender are under-researched in general. This study seeks to fill this gap by listening to autistic women’s experiences of work and employment using 60 minute semi-structured interviews.
Why should I help?
The findings of this study could help in better educating organisations who are wishing to become more inclusive with regard to neurodiversity. Meanwhile, it also helps to increase representation of female autistic voices in academia and to shape knowledge built on lived experience.
Who can take part?You are invited to take part in this study if you are:
- Over the age of 18
- Identify as autistic or on the autism spectrum
- Identify as a woman
- Have worked in the past year and been employed for at least a year in a work role
- Reside in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, and UK
Who is conducting this study?
- Researchers are from Monash University in Melbourne
What will I be asked to do?
Participants will take part in a one-off online interview that will last for about 60 minutes. These interviews will be recorded for the sake of accuracy of reporting, and participants have the choice to have audio only or audio-visual interviews depending on their preference. Questions will cover how you view yourself and experiences of employment. Participants are free to skip or return to questions later if they feel uncomfortable, or withdraw from the study anytime up to 1 month after the interview. Please note interviews will be transcribed and a copy sent to participants with an opportunity provided to make additional comments or clarify.
When and where?
Interviews will take place online via Zoom in the months of April, May and June at a time that is convenient for the participant. If you are uncomfortable with Zoom, alternatives can be discussed including Skype or Google Meets.
Please feel free to forward this information to others who might also be interested in participating.