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Why Do People “Come Out” as Autistic?

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April 8th, 2024 03:52 pm

When someone comes out as Autistic, it is often done with a sense of pride. Coming out can be a liberating experience, as it is an opportunity to celebrate one’s identity and make a statement about who they are. By coming out, Autistic people can acknowledge the uniqueness of their Autism and take control of how their condition is perceived. It is also a way to connect with the world.

In recent years, the “coming out” experience has become more commonplace amongst those who have a formal diagnosis of Autism. Let’s explore the reasons why people decide to come out as autistic, and the potential benefits that this action can have.

Gain a Sense of Identity and Personal Fulfilment

One of the most important reasons why lots of people come out is to gain a sense of identity and personal fulfilment. Many people with Autism feel misunderstood and undervalued, and the process of coming out can provide a sense of empowerment.

Coming out as autistic can also help people connect with other people on the Autism spectrum. This way, they can share their experiences in an environment they feel safe and comfortable. Being open about their identity can also help autistic adults find mentors, educational resources, and employment opportunities.

By coming out, autistic adults can find a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose in their lives.

Form Meaningful Connections With Others

Making meaningful connections with others is an important part of life, regardless of whether or not one is autistic. Autistic people may often be isolated and isolated from the world around them, feeling disconnected and unable to relate to their peers. Coming out as autistic can help break down those barriers and promote understanding amongst neurotypical people in the wider community.

By being open about one’s Autism, autistic people can more easily form meaningful connections with others who can relate to and understand them. This can lead to a greater sense of acceptance, belonging, and self-esteem for those on the Autism spectrum.

Gain Access to Support and Resources

For lots of people on the Autism spectrum, “coming out” as autistic is an important step in their personal journey. By coming out, they can gain access to resources and support that can help them better manage their symptoms and cope with the challenges they face in their everyday life.

Coming out can also be a way of connecting with other autistics who can provide advice, understanding, and friendship. In addition, coming out as autistic can help to reduce the stigma associated with being on the Autism spectrum, and help to create a more inclusive and accepting world for autistics.

Raise Awareness and Reduce Stigma

Raising awareness and reducing stigma around Autism is one of the most important reasons why people choose to come out as autistic. Famous autistic people often make their diagnosis public to encourage understanding and acceptance of Autism in society and to help end the stereotypes and misinformation associated with Autism.

In addition, by coming out, people are able to share their stories, personal experiences, and perspectives and provide a more complete picture of what it is like to be autistic. This is particularly valuable for autistic women, transgender autistics, and others in oppressed or minority groups.

Coming out also provides a platform for autistic people to seek and receive support as disabled adults. Even if the autistic experience is one to be embraced and looked upon positively, having recognition as disabled people allows for reasonable adjustments at home or in the workplace. Ultimately, coming out as autistic can help foster an inclusive and understanding environment for autistic people.

Advocate for Themselves and Others

The fifth reason why people come out as autistic is to be able to advocate for themselves and others. Being open and honest about one’s neurodivergence gives those on the Autism spectrum a platform to make their voices heard. It allows them to openly talk about their experiences and push back against the stigma and discrimination they may have faced.

Moreover, it gives them a platform to be an advocate for other autistic people and make the world a more inclusive, understanding place for them. It is important for people in disability communities to be able to come out and make their voices heard, and that is why so many choose to “come out” as autistic.

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Openly Express Unique Needs in Social Situations

A major reason why people come out as autistic is to be able to openly express their unique needs in social situations. For many autistic people, there can be a great deal of pressure to conform to social norms. This can cause them to feel as though their needs are being ignored.

By coming out, autistic people can make it clear that they need accommodations and understanding in order to take part in social situations. Additionally, coming out as autistic can help to reduce stigma by fostering understanding and acceptance of those on the Autism spectrum.

By breaking down autistic stereotypes to gain mutual understanding, social interactions become easier not only for the autistic individual, but allistic (non-autistic) people too.

Validate Their Experiences and Create a Sense of Belonging

For many people on the Autism spectrum, coming out as autistic can be a difficult process. It may be difficult to talk about their experiences out of fear of being judged or misunderstood.

However, coming out as autistic can be a powerful way for someone to validate their experiences and create a sense of belonging. It can be a way to connect with others who are going through similar struggles.

Furthermore, it can help to reduce feelings of isolation and shame. By coming out as autistic, people can find the support they need to feel accepted and understood.

Create a Sense of Community and Solidarity With Others

Autistic people often come out as autistic for a variety of reasons. One of the main reasons is to find other people with the same problems as they do. It’s estimated that 25% of the transgender community are also autistic. The autistic community allows Autistic people to create a more inclusive world for themselves, thus educating others on the condition.

Being “out” can also open the door for greater acceptance in society, as well as provide a platform for autistic people to discuss their experiences openly. It also allows for critique of the diagnostic criteria, as the community grows and realizes that existing documentation is based on archaic stereotypes.

By “coming out”, autistic people create a safe and secure space to talk, share, and learn from one another, ultimately leading to greater understanding, acceptance, and support in the larger community.

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Embrace Autism

Coming out as autistic is an important part of feeling seen and understood. It can take a lot of courage for someone to come out as autistic, but it can also bring a sense of relief. Sharing an Autism diagnosis can also help to reduce stigma and increase acceptance of Autism diagnosis.

Regardless of the reasons why someone chooses to come out as autistic, it is important to support them in their journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. Whether that’s your closest friend, family member or colleague, taking the time to understand autistic culture and autistic traits goes further than you may ever imagine.

Keep reading to learn more about Autistic life!

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30-Something Millennial with ADHD and suspected Autistic and Dyspraxic. Thought leader behind this website. Big visions of a better future for everyone, but forgets where he is half the time.Loves Rugby, his kids, and anything silly. Hates U2 and Marmite.

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