Kate Ross (Cherry Blossom Tree) is creating written works and providing support for Autistic Women & Girls
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Thank you for stopping by!  My name is Kate and I am the blogger behind ...i am my own experience... and Facebook page Cherry Blossom Tree - My Autism Experience.  I started blogging in 2015 after having a moment of clarity and realisation that I might be Aspie.

I had attended The Autism Show for continuing professional development (I qualified as a Social Worker in 2008 and have worked in Special Educational Needs since 2013); I listened to several women tell their stories about being diagnosed in adulthood and something clicked with me.  I spent the next several weeks reading whatever I could find about female autism and I found that writing helped me sort out what was in my head in order to make sense of it all.  When it became clear to me that seeking a professional diagnosis would help validate my life experiences up to that point and help me to explain my needs and "quirks" in the future, I started a blog to add my story to the growing collective of autistic women online.  Blogging helped me express myself in a creative and even therapeutic way.

I was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Condition (Asperger's Syndrome) on 11th August 2016.  Since that day, life has been quite positive.  I am able to explain myself better to others, I am able to recognise when I need to say no, and I am able to be kinder to myself when I am having a hard time.  I am so lucky to have connected with so many amazing women along this journey from all around the world and I want to make my work about autistic women my vocation.

I currently volunteer as an ambassador for the International Aspergirl® Society (IAS), founded by  AЯtemisia (formerly known as Rudy Simone), acclaimed author of five books about Autism & Asperger's Syndrome.  Through the IAS, I facilitate online video chats for members of the IAS on a regular basis; I absolutely love doing this and learn so much from the members and their life experiences.  I have also contributed written works to Spectrum Women online magazine, including a book project due to be published in 2018 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.  As of August 2017, I became a Certified Autism Specialist through IBCCES.

By receiving patronage through Patreon, it will help me be able to transition from being employed in a full-time job to being able to follow my passion in an independent professional capacity as an Autism Consultant.  My goal is to bring my personal & professional knowledge and experience to support autistic women both locally and worldwide, in-person and online. The funds raised will enable me to focus my efforts more effectively so real tangible change can be seen; a good cause that will support autistic women of all ages, as I have gone to great lengths to do just that since receiving my own diagnosis.  By receiving patronage, I will be able to provide free support for those who cannot otherwise afford it; I want to pay it forward!  I will continue creating written content, as well as providing interactive support for autistic women online.  We are living in such a unique period of history where women from around the world can connect instantaneously; this never ceases to boggle my mind! :)

I am exploring doing YouTube videos, but I'm just learning! ;)

If you've made it this far, thank you very much for your time and thank you for considering becoming my Patreon patron. 🌸
Rewards
You're so kind!
$1 or more per month
Every $1 makes a massive difference, so you'll get a virtual high-five or fist-bump (your choice!) with this pledge level!
You're sweet!
$5 or more per month
I have a private Facebook group for my Patreon supporters (*this will be created when I have had 5 pledges at this level or higher, so you have others to chat to!).  I will periodically poll for ideas for the next blog post I should write too.
You're wonderful!
$10 or more per month
  • Your name listed on a dedicated page on my blog website, thanking you for your continued support
  • Plus access to the private Facebook group for my Patreon supporters
You're amazing!
$20 or more per month
  • Participation in a fortnightly patron-only group Skype session where we can discuss whatever you want!  I create a safe space to be yourself in these online chats and any personal information shared during group sessions will remain confidential.
  • Plus your name listed on a dedicated page on my blog website, thanking you for your continued support
  • Plus access to the private Facebook group for my Patreon supporters
You're incredible!
$50 or more per month
  • Participation in a monthly patron-only 1:1 Skype session
  • Plus participation in a fortnightly patron-only group Skype session
  • Plus your name listed on a dedicated page on my blog website, thanking you for your continued support
  • Plus access to the private Facebook group for my Patreon supporters
Goals
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If I reached this goal, I could look to reduce my full-time working hours by half and be able to dedicate more time in the week to creating written content and being able to provide online video chats for Aspie women (1:1 or groups) on a fortnightly basis.
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Thank you for stopping by!  My name is Kate and I am the blogger behind ...i am my own experience... and Facebook page Cherry Blossom Tree - My Autism Experience.  I started blogging in 2015 after having a moment of clarity and realisation that I might be Aspie.

I had attended The Autism Show for continuing professional development (I qualified as a Social Worker in 2008 and have worked in Special Educational Needs since 2013); I listened to several women tell their stories about being diagnosed in adulthood and something clicked with me.  I spent the next several weeks reading whatever I could find about female autism and I found that writing helped me sort out what was in my head in order to make sense of it all.  When it became clear to me that seeking a professional diagnosis would help validate my life experiences up to that point and help me to explain my needs and "quirks" in the future, I started a blog to add my story to the growing collective of autistic women online.  Blogging helped me express myself in a creative and even therapeutic way.

I was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Condition (Asperger's Syndrome) on 11th August 2016.  Since that day, life has been quite positive.  I am able to explain myself better to others, I am able to recognise when I need to say no, and I am able to be kinder to myself when I am having a hard time.  I am so lucky to have connected with so many amazing women along this journey from all around the world and I want to make my work about autistic women my vocation.

I currently volunteer as an ambassador for the International Aspergirl® Society (IAS), founded by  AЯtemisia (formerly known as Rudy Simone), acclaimed author of five books about Autism & Asperger's Syndrome.  Through the IAS, I facilitate online video chats for members of the IAS on a regular basis; I absolutely love doing this and learn so much from the members and their life experiences.  I have also contributed written works to Spectrum Women online magazine, including a book project due to be published in 2018 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.  As of August 2017, I became a Certified Autism Specialist through IBCCES.

By receiving patronage through Patreon, it will help me be able to transition from being employed in a full-time job to being able to follow my passion in an independent professional capacity as an Autism Consultant.  My goal is to bring my personal & professional knowledge and experience to support autistic women both locally and worldwide, in-person and online. The funds raised will enable me to focus my efforts more effectively so real tangible change can be seen; a good cause that will support autistic women of all ages, as I have gone to great lengths to do just that since receiving my own diagnosis.  By receiving patronage, I will be able to provide free support for those who cannot otherwise afford it; I want to pay it forward!  I will continue creating written content, as well as providing interactive support for autistic women online.  We are living in such a unique period of history where women from around the world can connect instantaneously; this never ceases to boggle my mind! :)

I am exploring doing YouTube videos, but I'm just learning! ;)

If you've made it this far, thank you very much for your time and thank you for considering becoming my Patreon patron. 🌸

Recent posts by Kate Ross (Cherry Blossom Tree)

Rewards
You're so kind!
$1 or more per month
Every $1 makes a massive difference, so you'll get a virtual high-five or fist-bump (your choice!) with this pledge level!
You're sweet!
$5 or more per month
I have a private Facebook group for my Patreon supporters (*this will be created when I have had 5 pledges at this level or higher, so you have others to chat to!).  I will periodically poll for ideas for the next blog post I should write too.
You're wonderful!
$10 or more per month
  • Your name listed on a dedicated page on my blog website, thanking you for your continued support
  • Plus access to the private Facebook group for my Patreon supporters
You're amazing!
$20 or more per month
  • Participation in a fortnightly patron-only group Skype session where we can discuss whatever you want!  I create a safe space to be yourself in these online chats and any personal information shared during group sessions will remain confidential.
  • Plus your name listed on a dedicated page on my blog website, thanking you for your continued support
  • Plus access to the private Facebook group for my Patreon supporters
You're incredible!
$50 or more per month
  • Participation in a monthly patron-only 1:1 Skype session
  • Plus participation in a fortnightly patron-only group Skype session
  • Plus your name listed on a dedicated page on my blog website, thanking you for your continued support
  • Plus access to the private Facebook group for my Patreon supporters