Thinking about Autism

Information about disclosure, and guidance on the range of terminology that is used to describe autism


‘Disclosure’ is when a person on the autism spectrum decides to tell other people about their autism.

Each autistic person will make different choices about disclosure in different contexts.

To learn more about the topic of disclosure read Reveal or conceal? The pros and cons of disclosure in the workplace.

‘Autistic person’ and ‘person on the autism spectrum’

Different people on the autism spectrum prefer to be described in different ways.

Some people prefer identity-first language, for example ‘autistic person’.

Others prefer person-first language, for example ‘person on the autism spectrum’.

In the Autism@Work program, we use a mix of both in order to reflect this diversity.