Slide of author Christine with her book against a backdrop of Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Second panel is an ad for the book Spectrum Women, and the third panel is Christine wearing a purple shirt by Neurowonderful, saying "I love someone who is Autistic (it's me)". She is standing outside with her hands on her hips.
A montage showing Christine in 2018.
Bio Writing Presentations Research & links

Hello! 

My name is Christine Jenkins.  I’m an autistic queenager and seenager.

You should hire me as someone who thinks outside the box.  My unique brain will consider your situation differently. 

I’m not afraid to say, “There is no box!” 

I am an autistic philosopher and the Mother of Re-invention.

I have published both popular and scholarly works on several topics.

I work with people all over the world in order to make it a more welcoming place for Autistics.

I love to communicate in writing and in person.

I believe in building community for both education and support.

I advocate for Autistic Joy and thrive by breathing Autistic Oxygen.

Contact me for my rates:  info@cjAUsome.ca  Follow Christine on Twitter at @AutisticMatters

Longer Bio:

After self identifying and seeking assessment for 8 months, Christine got oral confirmation as Asperger’s in late 2008, aged 48. It took her four months to get proof in writing.

In 2011 she co-founded Asperfemme in Ottawa, “a forum to validate adult women with self/official diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (now part of Autism).”

Christine is the author of The Ottawa Bicycle Book (1982) and co-editor of The Canadian Cycling Association’s Complete Guide to Bicycle Touring in Canada (1994).

A Carleton University journalism major, she has been a correspondent for Spectrum Women Magazine, and was a CKCU radio host and producer for 22 years after graduation.  She co-organized the first-known conference for Canadian spectrum women in 2013.

Christine served on the Policy Advisory Group for Girls and Women with ASD of CAMH/Autism Ontario in Toronto, under Dr. Meng-Chuan Lai, who she met in June 2017.  

She joined the Ottawa Adult Autism Alliance in May 2018. She is a contributing author and proofreader of the popular book, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism (JKP, 2018)

At Montreal’s INSAR 2019 she and social worker Dori Zener organized and co-hosted the first women’s meet-up. Christine spoke on ageing at the NAS Women and Girls Conference, Edinburgh in September 2019 and brought the Icelandic documentary, Seeing the Unseen, to Carleton University later that fall.

Her newest initiative is as Director of Christine Jenkins AUsome Consulting in Ottawa, Canada. She helped form an 8-member team from two universities including Carleton, to study Autistics and Menopause from 2021 to 2023.  See Research.

She may be contacted for her rates and availability at: 

info@cjAUsome.ca

ENDORSEMENTS

Colleague Dori Zener about OT Kelly Mahler (for both of whom Christine edited publications):  “I spoke to her about you.  You have had an amazing role in her life because she hears [you] now about trying to include adults’ voices.” After editing the first draft of Spectacular Girls (Jessica Kingsley, 2021):  “Thank you for all your help during the writing of the book.  You helped me to see other perspectives, which led to much needed changes.  You are such an incredible, switched-on, young-minded, intelligent woman who I really admire.”          Helen Clarke, author. Barb Cook of NeuroEmploy and SWM founder, May 2018:  “I have just watched the interview [Christine did with psychologist Isabelle Hénault]….I was just so proud of what we are all doing to help fellow women.  I can’t say thank-you enough for you doing this, and everything you do.”  Dr. Hénault later endorsed our book. Anonymous feedback after NAS Edinburgh talk on Ageing:  “Christine Jenkins was personally the most useful, as I am perimenopausal and can find little about being autistic and menopausal…” “Christine Jenkins’ presentation was not immediately relevant…Having said that, I am extremely grateful to Christine for the work she is doing, because I know that is laying the groundwork for ensuring my daughter a better, more supported future as an autistic older woman.”

“Glad this research is coming to fruition.  You are a natural researcher.  [Research study Bridging the Silos] has the potential to have a huge impact on people’s lives and will help to compensate for the struggles others of us have had to endure.”       

Sept. 2021 UK research team member Rose Matthews

“Christine is a pioneer, using her brains and energy to create an autistic safe space that allows spectrum elder sisters to unmask safely, and help others do likewise. Truly ground-breaking.”   

Oct. 2019 Lyndsay Green, sociologist and aging consultant.  http://www.lyndsaygreen.com/blog/2019/10/11/connecting-and-learning.html

Quote by Christine, Feb 2012:  Autistic women are some of the bravest people I know, and the undiagnosed ones don’t even know HOW brave.”