While many of us were at the Royal Cornwall Show, WI Adviser Liz Anderson led a group of Cornwall delegates to the NFWI Annual Meeting in Liverpool.
As it was a hybrid meeting, some chose to attend the meeting virtually, but all delegates – whether attending in person or virtually – cast votes on behalf of the WIs in their linking group.
The resolution has passed by 96.5%.
There were 4738 votes in favour and 171 against, meaning that the WI will now be campaigning on this issue.
The full 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.