These are REALLY important considerations. Very, very good to keep in mind.
If you live in the United States and you…
- are currently self-diagnosed/self-assessed as autistic but are considering or wanting to obtain an official/formal autism diagnosis
- are currently going through the process of getting diagnosed as autistic
- have already been officially/formally diagnosed as autistic
…then I strongly recommend reading this and taking it to heart. If you have not yet gotten an official autism diagnosis, I would approach the endeavor with serious caution, and/or consider going outside of the US–and off the official record–for the diagnosis, if you’re seeking diagnosis for your own clarity, closure, or peace of mind, and you don’t necessarily need a diagnosis on record for the purposes of employment or academic accommodations. In short, I urge you to tread carefully, especially in cases where an official, on-record diagnosis may be more “elective” (not meant to be offensive or make light of anyone’s individual situation).
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