My name is Emma and in October 2016, I received the diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, along with Generalised and Social Anxiety Disorders. This diagnosis is wonderful to me, making sense of world that’s been confusing since birth, but to most, it’s a taboo.
I’ve embraced this diagnosis and celebrate who I am as an autistic person but it doesn’t mean I don’t struggle. Autism is categorised as a developmental disability and, like other disabilities, a lack of support and help in a world that isn’t built for me is where I begin to struggle. However, it doesn’t stop me being proud of who I am because when I have the correct support, I’m empowered and feel wonderful. I don’t wish to be ‘normal’ or pretend to be, I’m incredibly happy to just be myself.