Autism - adults getting a diagnosis and the benefits

Have you ever wondered if you're autistic? Finding out if you're autistic could help answer questions that may have bothered you all your adult life.  Autism is a disability.

The West Berkshire Autism Partnership Board has produced an excellent guidance pack for adults who have either received a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) or for people who haven't received a formal diagnosis but suspect they might be autistic.

Download a copy of the 'Information for adults living with an Autism Spectrum Condition in West Berkshire'


There are a number of online autism tests, but these vary in accuracy and none will be able to tell if you're definitely on the autism spectrum.

The only way to know for sure is to get a formal assessment from a team of healthcare professionals.

Benefits of a diagnosis

The benefits of getting a formal diagnosis of autism can include:

  • Helping you to understand why you may experience certain difficulties and what you can do about them.
  • When the people close to you understand why you may see and feel the world in a different way and find certain things difficult, it's much easier for them to empathise.
  • Helping you to get access to support and benefits.
  • Your employer may be required to make any necessary adjustments.

Find out more about people's experiences of getting a diagnosis from the National Autistic Society (NAS).

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