Should you say you have Asperger's/ASD if undiagnosed?

I noticed when signing up for a evening class I had the option of choosing Asperger's from a list when asked if I have a disability, and also Autism Spectrum Disorder when asked if I have a learning difficulty. I am wondering whether I should say I have either of these whilst undiagnosed. My doctor thinks I have Asperger's and has referred me for an assessment. I also scored very highly on tests.

  • In this instance, it would probably be helpful to you to say so - especially given what your doctor thinks, and that you've been referred for assessment.

    Generally, though, I'm not so sure.  Thinking back to my pre-diagnosis period - even though I was convinced I would get the diagnosis - I felt wary about saying anything in case it backfired on me in some way.  Having said that, though, there weren't many instances where it would have mattered one way or the other.  I'm not really sure whether it's right to say 'I have Asperger's' in something like a job application/interview if you haven't actually been diagnosed.  I don't think I would have done.  But others may think differently.

    In your situation with an evening class, though, I would probably have said 'yes' to that question.

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