I’m inspired by the stickiness of deconstruction. This static exodus is understood by many adult women like myself who, for the first time, are finding a home on the autism spectrum. Overlooked and left out of diagnosis, we were given maps toward mood disorders, personality disorders, or nowhere at all. I believe we would have found autism sooner if we saw ourselves represented more frequently and accurately during our adolescent years. My research explores how artists can work with scientists to better include autism expression in girls and women, and how I can add nuance and texture to scientific literature through the empathetic structure of storytelling. I hope to use my time in XE building literary houses, stories for autistic girls that feel like the cool side of the pillow. My final project will be a book for teenagers that nurtures the neurodiversity in girls so they don’t have to wait until adulthood to know that they are already home. I look forward to championing and furthering the advocacy work already started by other autistic women, as well as engaging in a literary life that will listen and share.