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.
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.
If you, a friend or a family member think you're autistic, see your GP to request an assessment. Your GP needs a reason to refer you for diagnosis, so you need to explain why you think you could be autistic and how a diagnosis would benefit you.
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. Alongside this the group have also produced an Adult Autism Strategy and action plan. Visit the West Berkshire Autism Awareness Community facebook page
Download a copy of the 'Information for adults living with an Autism Spectrum Condition in West Berkshire'
Find out more about people's experiences of getting a diagnosis from the National Autistic Society (NAS).