Autistic Self-Diagnosis Is Valid

Because the diagnostic process is highly flawed

Dear fellow self-diagnosed adult autistics who are struggling with imposter syndrome, gate-seeking, and other barriers to formal diagnosis:

You are not alone.

The DSM-V criteria for autism was written with little white boys in mind, and nearly all autism-related research is still being done by neurotypical researchers, and is still focused on little white boys.

Researchers seem to forget that autistic children grow into adults, there are autistic people who happen to not be male, and there exist autistic people who happen to not be white.

The entire premise of a formal autism diagnosis is that a neurotypical brain is ideal and preferred, and neurodivergent brains are diseased.

Neurotypicals are not healthier or more “right” than the rest of us, just more common… ‘Normal’ is just something a bunch of people made up.”

— Dr. Nick Walker

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Published by Neurodiversity MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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