[58] S5, Ep3: Women’s health, intergenerational autism and giving language to the autistic experience
Topics in this episode: autistic children, autistic parents, burnout, family, health, intergenerational autism, mental health, self employment, university

Lucy Pearce is an author, artist and publisher from East Cork in Ireland. She is 41, and when she was 37 she, her mother and her daughter were all diagnosed autistic within 6 months of each other.

Lucy is the author of ten non-fiction books for women, focusing on women’s healing, and founded her own publishing company in 2014 to offer support to new women authors whose books are often ignored by the mainstream publishing industry. Not knowing at the time that she was autistic, she has since realised that she and her books attract a neurodivergent audience.

We covered a huge amount in our conversation, including:

➡ Her fight to get her daughter assessed

➡ How her relationship with her mother has changed since they were both diagnosed

➡ Coming to terms with her own needs, and learning to put her wellbeing first

➡ Giving language to the autistic experience

➡ Autistic women and advocating for our physical and mental health

Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.

I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.

I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.



Lucy’s personal website: www.lucyhpearce.com

WomanCraft Publishing: http://www.womancraftpublishing.com/

Instragram: https://www.instagram.com/lucyhpearce/



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