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Whether or not to disclose that you are Autistic is an individual decision. Disclosure can lead to positive or negative influences on an individual’s day-to-day life such as their relationships or employment. While non-disclosure may help Autistic adults better navigate their non-Autistic world, it may limit available supports and increase risk of mental health concerns.

There is a lot of research on disclosure for Autistic individuals; however, the information is not easy to understand or use when making personal decisions about whether or not to disclose.

There is a need to provide more objective information regarding what happens when someone discloses to assist others in making an informed decision about disclosure in their own lives.

What happens when an individual discloses they are Autistic? How can this information help individuals make informed decisions about their own disclosure?

The research

Disclosure study one and two

Disclosure guides

Findings from these studies were used to inform the design of:

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Find out more


Love, A.M.A., Edwards, C., Cai, R.Y., & Gibbs, V. (2023). Using Experience Sampling Methodology to Capture Disclosure Opportunities for Autistic Adults. Autism in Adulthood.

Love, A.M.A., Cai, R.Y., Edwards, C., & Gibbs, V. (2023). Exploring Identity Importance for Autistic Adults and Associations with Disclosure Experiences: A Brief Report. Autism in Adulthood.


Making a difference

This is the first research study to gather real-time disclosure experiences from Autistic adults over two months. Findings from these studies were used to inform the content of two resource guides aimed at making the disclosure process more positive and successful for Autistic people navigating this process and to inform those who support them. These guides may be useful when Autistic people are trying to make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose in their own lives.

Research team

Dr Abbey Love, Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice (ARCAP)

Vicki Gibbs, ARCAP

Dr Ru Ying Cai, ARCAP

Dr Chris Edwards, ARCAP







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