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Commentary on “being diagnosed with autism in adulthood: a personal case study”

Samuel Tromans (Department of Psychiatry, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Leicester UK and Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK)
Verity Chester (Department of Psychiatry, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Trust, Norwich, UK and Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK)

Advances in Autism

ISSN: 2056-3868

Article publication date: 8 July 2020

Issue publication date: 11 August 2021




The purpose of this paper is to provide a commentary on “being diagnosed with autism in adulthood: a personal case study”.


A commentary on an individual’s personal experiences of being referred to autism assessment services and subsequently receiving a diagnosis of autism in adulthood.


Many individuals are not diagnosed with autism until their adult life, and as a result, miss the benefits of timely introduction of sources of support, such as during their schooling. Receiving an autism diagnosis can come as a relief and promote self-understanding, but availability of high-quality post-diagnostic support services and accommodating employers are both highly important.


A commentary on an original viewpoint is published in this special edition on gender and diversity.



Acknowledgements: The authors would like to thank Ross Henley for writing and sharing his personal case study.Funding: Nothing to declare.


Tromans, S. and Chester, V. (2021), "Commentary on “being diagnosed with autism in adulthood: a personal case study”", Advances in Autism, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 262-265.



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