The Resolution that went through to the Annual Meeting was passed with 96.5% of votes submitted. So, it will now become our next campaign. Thank you for your contribution to the process.
The wording of the Resolution is ...
Women and Girls with ASD & ADHD - under-identified, under-diagnosed, misdiagnosed, under-supported
Women and girls presenting with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are going undiagnosed. The NFWI calls on the government and funding bodies to fund research into the female presentation of ASD and ADHD, and for action to be taken to improve the diagnosis process for women and girls, to ensure that they are equipped to better manage these conditions and do not suffer in silence. The NFWI further calls on WI members to raise awareness within their WIs of the issues facing women and girls with ASD and ADHD.
Those of us who were lucky enough to attend the Annual Meeting heard some very eloquent speeches from members who have been diagnosed with ASD and/or ADHD in later life. We couldn't help being moved by the member who was overwhelmed looking at the sea of faces yet managed to eventually say what she needed to say.
Work has already started on producing resources to help us campaign on this cause.
And now the Resolution Process starts a new circle. The deadline for submission of resolutions for next year will be early in September, but there is still time to put a resolution proposal together if you have a cause close to your heart. Get in touch with our Resolution Advisers Jane Finnerty and Veronica Wilson.