Tips for disclosing

I’ll start with a big caveat. I have been very lucky with my experiences of disclosing at work. It does not go so smoothly for everyone.

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Not everyone has an understanding manager, or a workplace willing to adapt for or learn about their needs. Please think carefully about how any of the below might apply to your situation before making a decision about what you’d like to do. If that is difficult, ask a trusted friend or colleague for some advice.

Employment Autism also has information about disclosing at the bottom of their page here.

I got my autism diagnosis at 27 while working in a busy and growing (i.e. chaotic and changeable!) Tech company.

I have since moved to an Analytics job in the Education sector. That means a slower pace, and more opportunities to work independently. Which suits me much better. The job is standard office hours, but I work from home full time in Scotland, travelling four or five times a year down to England for bigger meetings.

There are five ways I’ve shared my diagnosis with colleagues. I’ll describe each one below.

Not all of them will suit everyone!

1. Sharing a “How I work” document

I wrote and shared a document about autism, how it applies to me at work, an