Support for Autistic Adults?

My GP has referred me to a specialist because we both think I'm autistic. I'm now on the NHS waiting list to be diagnosed.

In the meantime, I'd be curious to read about your experience of being an autistic adult, what kind of support is available in Scotland, how your life has changed after being diagnosed, how you cope with this condition while at work, etc.

I'm new to autism and I'm feeling a bit lost. Is it considered a disability?

Many thanks.

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  • loadsacash
    loadsacash Posts: 593
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    Hi there

    I suppose a lot of the support will depend on where you live.

    If you look up http://www.scottishautism.org/ I am sure that they will help you
    Treat everyday as your last one on earth! and one day you will be right.
  • ElefantEd
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    It is considered a disability. I have an autistic son who gets DLA as a result, as well as extra support at school etc. I'm not sure what extra support is available for adults but it should be there to enable you to live independently and participate in everyday life. We've found the council to be quite helpful (Scottish Borders) and the National Autistic Society exceptionally so: http://www.autism.org.uk/Get-involved/About-us/Contact-us.

    I would really recommend phoning them (or emailing if this would be easier for you) to ask advice, in particular about what support is avaiolable.
  • Miss_Cinnabon
    Miss_Cinnabon Posts: 19,481
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    Hi im newly diagnosed and have a son with autism as well, there are normally one stop shops in areas so worth looking into that, lack of support where i am as our local one stop shop has stopped, i have found the most support in forums and facebook groups, cant help with work as ive never worked but good luck with getting assessed and diagnosed, its great you have a supportive dr :)
  • mapleleaf1010
    mapleleaf1010 Posts: 257
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    Many thanks for the links and advice so far. I'll look for one stop shops and support groups in my area. Also online forums.
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