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Being diagnosed with autism in adulthood: a personal case study

Ross Henley (Somerset and West Taunton Council, Somerset and West Taunton, UK)

Advances in Autism

ISSN: 2056-3868

Article publication date: 19 June 2020

Issue publication date: 11 August 2021




This paper aims to report the personal experiences of an adult male diagnosed with autism at the age of 48 years.


A personal case study methodology was used to illustrate the journey to autism diagnosis, the experience of diagnosis and post-diagnosis support.


This case study illustrates how stress and mental health difficulties can precede autism diagnosis in adults. The personal experiences detailed highlight how an adult autism diagnosis can bring about positive change, prompting increased self-knowledge and coping skills, improved relationships and. Furthermore, it highlights how a supportive employer can make reasonable adjustments in the workplace to improve productivity of an autistic employee.

Research limitations/implications

This case study has implications for various practice issues, including post-diagnosis counselling and access to support for autistic adults nationally.


This paper provides an original case study highlighting the personal experiences of an adult diagnosed with autism.



Henley, R. (2021), "Being diagnosed with autism in adulthood: a personal case study", Advances in Autism, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 256-261.



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