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Can an autism diagnoses stop you getting certain jobs?

JKB Community member Posts: 2 Listener
Hello, I self-diagnose myself as autistic according to symptoms and signs I have found online. I am considering getting a clinical diagnosis but I'm not sure if this will hinder me in life. 

Can an autism diagnosis hinder you from getting certain jobs? 
Are you obligated to disclose it on job applications, other applications etc.?

Thanks for your thoughts on this matter.


  • durhamjaide2001
    durhamjaide2001 Community Co-Production Group, Scope Member Posts: 9,804 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm just wondering how old you are as some agency's can help you and I know of one but you need the diognoses? 
  • JKB
    JKB Community member Posts: 2 Listener
    I'm 40. I have a specialist job currently in international development but it is a contract job and I wonder how a diagnosis might affect future applications 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community 

    A diagnosis shouldn't affect your job prospects ot all depends on your capability to perform the job you apply for 

    However this isn't always the case with some employers unfortunately 

    You do not have to declare a disability to an employer but if you don't then they are not able to support you with any reasonable adjustments you may need 

    I diagnosis will not change who you are or what you are capable of 
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,979 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 2023

    No, an autism diagnosis cannot hinder you from getting certain jobs, this would be discrimination @JKB.

    Having said that, as a fellow autistic here, autism can mean we are not as strong with some things as others and that might give them an advantage.

    Similarly, though, autism can make us stronger at some things and give us higher prospects of getting those jobs than other people.

    You are not obligated to disclose it. However, employers only have to make reasonable adjustments with a ‘disclosure’.

    I hope this is at least semi-helpful. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if there’s anything else we can do to support you :) 

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  • just4once
    just4once Scope Member Posts: 87 Courageous
    Hopefully things will change after my court case other employers will learn by the example set to come 
  • Camellia
    Camellia Community member Posts: 67 Courageous
    You may be neurotypical passing but are you able to sustain that indefinitely without any sort of support and protection without burning out? 

    I think it would be wise to get a diagnosis and a full cognitive profile outlining your strengths and weaknesses before embarking on any new career paths / jobs so that you can try and get yourself into a position that will be a reasonably good fit for you. 

    Whether or not you wish to disclose that info to your employer is up to you? 


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