Workplace Disclosure Guide

The "Workplace Disclosure Guide" provides essential insights for autistic individuals considering whether to disclose their autism at work. It highlights the benefits of disclosure, such as the ability to request tailored adjustments, reduce the stress of masking, and foster a deeper understanding of neurodiversity in the workplace. The guide equips you with strategies to navigate these conversations positively and effectively.

Conversely, the guide also addresses the challenges one may face, including the risk of encountering stigma or lack of support. It offers a candid look at these potential difficulties, preparing you to weigh the pros and cons of disclosure carefully. With this balanced guidance, you can make an informed decision that best aligns with your personal and professional goals.

Navigating Workplace Accommodations for

Autistic and Neurodivergent People

Autistic and neurodivergent employees bring unique perspectives and abilities to the workplace, enhancing creativity and problem-solving within diverse teams. However, to fully thrive and contribute, they may require specific accommodations that cater to their sensory, communication, and organizational needs. Understanding and advocating for these accommodations is crucial in creating an inclusive and supportive work environment.

Identifying Your Needs

The first step in advocating for yourself in the workplace involves identifying your specific needs. This may include modifications to your work environment, adjustments in communication methods, or tools to assist with organization and time management. Recognizing what helps you perform your best is crucial. For instance, some people may benefit from noise-cancelling headphones to mitigate sensory overload, while others may need clear written instructions to process information effectively.

The Accommodation Process

Once you have identified your needs, the next step is to understand the process of requesting accommodations. This involves familiarizing yourself with your rights under laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the United States, Employment Equality Acts in Ireland and The Equality Act 2010 in the UK which protects employees from discrimination based on disabilities and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations.

Crafting Your Request

When preparing to request accommodations, it's essential to communicate your needs clearly and effectively. Outline the specific accommodations you are seeking and explain how they will enable you to perform your job duties more effectively. It may be helpful to provide examples or evidence of how similar accommodations have benefited you in the past.

Engaging in Dialogue
Approach the conversation with your employer as a collaborative dialogue. Be open to discussing different accommodation options and finding solutions that work for both you and your employer. Remember, the goal is to create a work environment where you can excel and contribute to your fullest potential.

The Decision to Disclose

Deciding whether to disclose your neurodivergence to your employer is a personal decision and one that comes with considerations. Disclosure can provide a legal basis for requesting accommodations, but it's also important to weigh the potential impacts on your relationships at work and how your information will be received and handled.

When to Disclose

Choosing when to disclose, if at all, depends on your specific circumstances. Some people prefer to disclose during the job application process, especially if they need accommodations for the interview. Others may wait until after they have been hired or when they feel a need for accommodations arises.

How to Disclose

If you decide to disclose, consider how to present your information. It can be beneficial to focus on how your neurodivergence contributes to your strengths and how accommodations can help mitigate challenges. Providing clear, practical information about your needs and how they can be addressed can facilitate a positive response from your employer.


Navigating workplace accommodations and the decision to disclose are significant steps for autistic and otherwise neurodivergent people. By understanding your rights, identifying your needs, and engaging in open, constructive dialogue with your employers, you can advocate for an environment that supports your success. Remember, your unique perspective is an asset, and with the right accommodations, you can thrive in your workplace.

Download the Workplace Disclosure Guide