Top 5 autism tips: employment - disclosing your diagnosis

In this filmed interview, Catherine Leggett, Employment Training Consultant with the National Autistic Society, gives her top 5 autism tips for autistic people on disclosing their diagnosis to employers. Catherine offers advice on what information to provide employers and how and where to get further support.

Author: Catherine Leggett, Employment Training Consultant, the National Autistic Society

Top 5 tips

Employment - disclosing an autism diagnosis to employers

Download a PDF transcript of this interview


These top tips are meant only as a very general guide to what to think about. You can find further information on this subject below. 

Further reading

The National Autistic Society: Employment (for autistic people)
The National Autistic Society: Employers

Download your free employment work handbook where you'll find lots of useful information including information on disclosure.

Date added: 16 November 2016


Fri, 25/11/2016 - 13:45

Where to you find the disclosure templates? Nothing on the NAS or Network Autism websites and your helpline don't know either.

Mon, 28/11/2016 - 15:27

Hi Richard, I have been in touch with the employment training team and they apologise for it not being on the website at this point, they are working on it being on the NAS website ASAP - in the meantime if you email them on they will send you a copy. 

Hope this helps. 

Mon, 16/07/2018 - 11:44

Hello, I am in the process of supporting a young man who has just left school. He is 19 & I am helping him create a CV so he can look for work. Do you think he should disclose his autism on the CV? I have been looking for advice and can't find anything. I'd be very grateful if you could help me.

Many thanks




Mon, 16/07/2018 - 13:57

Hi Paul,

Thanks for your post. I think, as Catherine has said in the above interview disclosing your diagnosis is a very personal decision but if the person you are supporting does disclose their diagnosis it can open the door to potential support within employment. I'm not sure if you have read the National Autistic Society information on disclosing your diagnosis at work?  It offers some further advice and gives some of the pro's and con's for disclosing. 

I'm sorry there isn't a black and white answer to your question, but hopefully the information in the above link, and within Catherine's video will help the person you support make a more informed decision on what to do.  

Thu, 20/06/2019 - 22:24

I'd like to ask a question about disclosing a diagnosis to an employer. I have a previous employer who has written a poor review of me, when asked for a reference on a future job. (I got the job by the way),  The poor review stated that I am a poor communicator in the office and at meetings. I had not disclosed my diagnosis, Yes i know I am an awkward communicator, and if my employer thought I appeared to be a poor verbal communicator, I wish she would have come to me and I should have talked to her about it. I want to call her (my former boss) now and talk about it in retrospect. I haven't worked there in a few years. What do you think?