Witty, frank, and full of insight, Jennifer O’Toole’s Autism in Heels is a major
addition to a growing body of literature on the distinctive experience of women on
the autism spectrum, long overlooked by researchers and clinicians. After helping
to pioneer the genre with her groundbreaking Sisterhood of the Spectrum, O’Toole
takes us deep into her often harrowing process of becoming self–aware in a world
built for nonautistics, guiding us through her search for meaning and identity in a
voice that is disarmingly candid, appealingly warm, and often hilariously funny.
O’Toole is a natural storyteller. Autism in Heels is a great book.”
– Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes:
The Legacy of Autism and The Future of Neurodiversity,
winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction.
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This lively discussion will be moderated by Erica Forest, LCSW
Erica Forest, LCSW, facilitates support groups for parents of autistic children and for late–diagnosed autistic
adults. She also leads a “neurodivergent affirming care” clinical discussion group for therapists working with
autistic adults. Erica’s work focuses on the diversity of autistic experience, particularly that of women, girls and
non–binary individuals, and the frequent trauma, misunderstanding, and mis–diagnosis experienced by this
population. Reading Autism in Heels was a catalyst for Erica into this work, and for insight into her own family
experience. She has family therapy training from The Ackerman Institute for the Family, and is a 2019
graduate of the Foundations of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training program at WCSPP.