This research investigates the processes of the identification of Autistic adults, with the
view of many seeking a diagnosis being unaware of what the process entails or potential effects
so as to make more informed decisions. Additionally, individuals who have been through these
processes often do not have a benchmark with which to measure their experiences.
This ethical research uses emancipatory and participatory methods, the literature review is rigorous,
for example obtaining rare historical documents by Hans Asperger and Leo Kanner, whilst the research
is within the framework of autism as a concept and how these have very real consequences for
individuals and families to which this pertains. Many participants voiced their feelings of the need for
further research particularly in the areas of identity and perception, with recognition that where
neurological differences are present there needs to be different approaches to mental health as well
as the importance of post-identification support.