health matters for aspergers syndrome women

Based in New Zealand. As a senior woman now aged 69, I grew up in an era when professional and public ignorance of Asperger's Syndrome was total, and people on the ASD spectrum were often misdiagnosed and badly treated because doctors did not understand the ASD is a neurological condition, a neurodiverse difference, not a psychological illness. I am interested in the lived experience of AS people. ASD is not a set of tickboxes in some diagnostic manual of dubious validity which change every few years. ASD is as fundamental a part of people on the spectrum as neurotypicality is to neurotypicals. I live in the hope of better outcomes for all people on the spectrum, while speaking from the Asperger's Syndrome part of it.