If you think you or a member of your family may have autism, the information in this section will help you decide whether to get a diagnosis. We'll also explain what happens before, during and after your diagnosis.
Some people with autism or Asperger syndrome never obtain a diagnosis and still manage to live full and capable lives. However, most people who get a diagnosis find it
bring a sense of relief (both for you and your family),
give you access to services you would otherwise not be entitled to or aware of ,
give you a better understanding of how to deal with any difficulties you may have
give your family access to a range of financial help,
inform you about a range of therapies which may help you to cope and learn.
You can get a diagnosis at any age, without it affecting the benefits you receive after getting the diagnosis.
Coping with a diagnosis
Getting a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome may make you (and those close to you) feel confused, upset, angry and even guilty. It will affect every member of your family in different ways and it is important to acknowledge that they may also need information, help and support.
Equally, many people and their families are pleased to get a diagnosis as it helps to explain why the person has experienced certain difficulties throughout their life.