Some people strongly identify with their Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis and take pride in that identity. Others are hesitant about sharing their diagnosis because of the stigma society places on neurodiverse people. Maybe you want to be known as an artist, not as a diagnosis. Maybe your diagnosis is what you identify with and take pride in. Maybe your art and your diagnosis are deeply intertwined and it’s hard to say where one begins and the other ends. It can be nice to have a starting point to naming your identity, so here’s a short questionnaire to consider some things about yourself you might not have considered before. We’ve provided some options, but it’s first and foremost an invitation to find your own words.
How do you identify yourself? Which words best describe your identity?
- I’d prefer not to say.
- I’m pretty neurotypical.
- I’m definitely somewhere on the spectrum.
- Yes I’m autistic, but I haven’t told anyone yet.
- I have my diagnosis and am proud of it.
- Different, namely: