Now, while I - and many other autistics - can pick one of our own out from across the room, even when they have a lifetime of masking, we can’t expect the same of allistic professionals.
Now, not only do adult white autistic men not tend to present the same as that norm, but that goes double for anyone female, non binary, or of literally any other race but white.
Now, barriers aside, there are other reasons to support self DX.
Personally, I find it pretty ridiculous to gatekeep autism from those who haven’t had an allistic declare them to be autistic.
ANYWAY. I digress, back to the barrier of a DX. Let’s say an adult autistic goes in for a DX and is unable to obtain one, for whatever reason.
Does that rejection of a DX make the person not autistic? Nope.
Whether you go in and get a dx, or don't go in and self id, or go in and don't get a dx... you're the same person you were before it.
Realizing you're autistic is like 95% about "oooooh... so that's why _____".
Aside from some bizarre exclusivity views, the big arguments against Self Dxed people, as far as I can see, are:
2. That people will be mistaken about being autistic, and declare themselves autistic when they’re not.
Let's say being autistic makes sense to you, explains things... and somehow you're wrong (??) about it. Let's say you ... I don't know, were a toe walker and collar chewer as a kid. SO you find autistics, and you start checking off ...
Even if you're somehow wrong and not technically autistic (Maybe you're ADD with some common threads)... so what? Are you taking anything from anyone? No.
Is your existence hurting anyone? No.
It's a good thing.
So, yeah. Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk. :)