Disclosure means letting people know that you have been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.
Is it helpful to tell teachers and employers that you are on the spectrum?
This is a big question that you need to ask yourself, and to answer, before you set off into the world of study and work.
Young people who enrol in the FACS Post School progams do not have to worry about this as their service providers will know already.
It’s probably best that they know as much as possible about you so that they can help you as much as they can.
But what about when you are heading straight off to TAFE or to work?
Is it helpful to let people know, or better not to?
One good reason to disclose
You have legal rights to have reasonable adjustments made for you. Teachers and employers will not know to put these in place unless you have let them know you have a disability.
There's also a handy summary of the rights of students with disabilities on the Australian Disability Clearing House website .
Choosing Your Path website
This website is a terrific resource for young people and their families.
"Disclosure is most effective when you are clear about the purpose and the desired outcomes of disclosing.”
There is a great deal to read on Choosing The Path, it is very comprehensive.
This is the first stop for looking into your rights and your responsibilities around the area of disclosure.
It investigates and explains the advantages and disadvantages of disclosing a disability, and on how to be most effective when disclosing.
Privacy issues, legal issues like the Disability Discrimination Act and Occupational Health and Safety Acts are explained.
Choosing Your Path is also a valuable resource for educators and employers of people with a disability.
La Trobe University disclosure webpage for students on the spectrum
There are useful pages of information about letting your TAFE or University know on the La Trobe University website here.
This is written specifically for students on the spectrum.
Is your daughter or son comfortable disclosing to others that they are on the autism spectrum?
In many families this will not be an issue, everyone who your family works with or comes across will be aware of your child’s diagnosis.
For others, there can be times where the young person would rather not disclose. As parents you may or may not agree with their opinion and decision.
Telling your autistic kid that they are autistic isn’t enough.
You also have to talk to them about disability.
From a thought-provoking article for parents on the website Real Social Skills, read here.
On our Young people page, we have directed readers to a terrific website which lays out all the issues around disclosure.
As parents it’s probably a good idea to also read that website and have a good think about when disclosure is appropriate and when it is not. Click the green Young people tab to read more.
To read Thomas’s thoughts on disclosure click here