I have been re-reading the presentation. In the useful questions (page 14), it asks "Why do you want this particular person to know about your diagnosis?” I wonder how much of this applies to me if I have not got the diagnosis.
In the LGBTQI Autism Group session, a member mentioned that, like me, she was assessed, but did not qualify for the diagnosis.
When I disclosed at work on 6th February, I first said:
“I was assessed but did not get the diagnosis.”
Does she think that I might have done myself a disservice by saying this?
On 7th February, I relayed my concerns (that the ASD is not diagnosed) to my care coordinator.
"This doesn't matter. You still have the report, don't you? Use it! Why haven't you used it up until now? What a missed opportunity! You should have the confidence to be open about and maximise on the written clinical proof that you have elements suggestive of the condition in your personality and behaviours. This is enough for any employer. The fact that this is not diagnosed is not relevant.”
I wonder where I stand legally if I do not have the "official" diagnosis? Whether this can only be found out at the point (Heaven forbid) where I am taking legal action in any current or future employment?
How has she got around this one?
Tabbed is the ‘official’ wording from my ASD Assessment Report.
ASD Assessment Report
LGBTQI Autism Group
Listening Place 3
"On assessment, diagnostic criteria were not met for Autistic Spectrum Disorder/Asperger’s Syndrome”
DISCLOSURE AT WORK
1. The Law
The Equality Act 2010
Disclosing at work
It may be useful for you to know this about me and my condition:
Name: XXXX Diagnosis: Asperger Syndrome
The following is intended as a guideline for adjustments for communication, anxiety and sensory processing.
Remembering policies, procedures, and information that has been read
Focused on work
Learning new tasks takes longer
Anxiety - always watching the schedule and the clock, anxiety if people/meetings are late
Noise sensitivity, especially high tones, alarms, emergency vehicles, squeaks, tapping, crackling sounds.
Prefer written wherever possible; direct and clear communication is good.
Can concentrate on what’s being said better when not trying to sustain an expected amount of eye contact.
You can ask for adjustments, without disclosing
“I think it would be really great to get some more natural lighting in here?!”
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I have been recommended to acknowledge and process all that I have been though, where it all started from how it has affected me.