One of the most inclusive things about autism spectrum disorder is that self-diagnosis is welcomed within the ASD community. However, in most schools and colleges, in order for autistic adults to receive support, we must have a professional diagnosis. So then, what can be done if obtaining a professional diagnosis just isn’t in the cards (financially, locally, etc.) for an autistic person?
College students on the spectrum can benefit from a variety of programs that many schools have for all their students. Mental health counseling, stress support groups, peer mentors, tutoring, and single-person dorms are good places to start. Be transparent and explain the self-diagnosis, this way the leaders of those programs can make the most informed decisions to provide support.