About Bridging the Silos

Bridging the Silos: Autistics and Menopause is a research partnership between autistic advocates and academics studying experiences of menopause by autistic people in Canada, the UK, and beyond.

The project asks how autistic people experience menopause and how they can better access information, services, and supports that might help them. While the first two phases of the project focused on experiences in Canada and the UK, Phase 3, an international survey, will include participants from around the world.

Bridging the Silos is funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Follow us on Twitter: @Autmenopause

This research has been cleared by Carleton University Research Ethics Board A Clearance # 116765. Ethical concerns should be directed to Carleton University Research Ethics Board-A (by phone: 613-520-2600 ext. 2517 or by email: ethics@carleton.ca). For all other questions about the study, please contact Miranda.Brady@carleton.ca.

This research has also been accepted by Bournemouth University’s Science, Technology & Health Research Ethics Panel in accordance with research ethics code of practice (

About Us

The Bridging the Silos team includes Community Research Associates from Canada and the UK and academics from Carleton University, Canada and Bournemouth University, UK. Top row from left to right, Dr. Miranda J. Brady (Carleton University), Dr. Kelly Fritsch (Carleton University), Rose Matthews (Community Research Associate, UK); bottom row: Margaret Janse van Rensburg (Carleton University), Professor Julie Turner-Cobb (Bournemouth University), Christine Jenkins (Community Research Associate, Canada), Dr. Rachel Moseley (Bournemouth University). Not featured: Professor Stuart Murray (Carleton University).

The Focus Group and Creative Submissions Phases are now complete, and we are no longer seeking Participants.

Colourful illustration by artist Mae Greyfrost of a diverse group of six autistic people, encircled by flowers, with a gold infinity symbol below.

In Fall of 2022, we invited creative submissions from autistic participants with experiences of menopause. While creative submissions included paintings, graphic illustrations, and poetry, we welcomed any creative work which could be submitted electronically. You can find our Creative Submissions here: https://autisticmenopause.com/creative-submissions/

Bridging the Silos featured in Carleton University’s FPA Voices.