Interview with Cos Michael: autism and older women

Cos is a freelance consultant, writer and trainer, and an autistic speaker. She is a project consultant for the Autism Spectrum, Adulthood and Ageing Project research team, based at Newcastle University, and member of the Science Advisory Group at Autistica.

Cos Michael kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when she attended the NAS Women and Girls conference in September last year. We asked Cos a series of questions: you can view the full interview or clips of the individual questions below.

Full interview

Individual question clips

1. Can you tell us more about your current work?

2. The menopause for autistic women is an area that has been largely overlooked. Why do you think this is?

3. How do you feel the emotional and physical changes during menopause impact on autistic women?

4. What are the key areas of need for older autistic women?

5. What advice would you have for professionals working with older autistic women?

Cos also wrote an article for Network Autism in connection with session at the women and girls conference titled, Autism, ageing and women: not invisible, just ignored

Author: Cos Michael

Date added: 13 January 2016




Sun, 09/09/2018 - 18:08

I have also learning disability and mental health difficulties.  I also got diagnosed late in life as a 51 old.  I also live on my own and I am single and I have also fibromyalgia. I have very poor skills, do not have any friends as I do not know how to make them.  My sensory sensitivities have got worse not better.  Because my autism was diagnosed late in life, coping with autism is very hard to me.


Sun, 09/09/2018 - 18:12

I also have epilepsy.  My sensory sensitivities have been ignored as I am not supposed to have them anymore as well as my 'male' orientated special interests when I got diagnosed as when I tried to the assessor but felt that I was not listened to or believed.