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.
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).