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I am a nursing student with autism – should I disclose my status?

It can feel like a big deal to disclose neurodivergence to tutors or colleagues, but it can be liberating and help you access the support you need to thrive

It can feel like a big deal to disclose neurodivergence to tutors or colleagues, but it can be liberating and help you access the support you need to thrive

Although Megan Kyte’s family knew she probably had autism from an early age, they were reluctant to seek a diagnosis.

‘They thought it would be more of a hindrance,’ she says. ‘My mum didn’t want me to be labelled.’

I tried to avoid being seen as ‘different’

At 18, she was formally diagnosed with autism, but when she started her adult nursing degree at the University of South Wales, she tried to hide it. ‘I didn’t want to be seen as different,’ she recalls. ‘A lot of people think autism

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