It’s interesting because I self-identify as autistic and have never gotten an official diagnosis. I operate under the idea that autism is a normal/natural human difference. But I feel as soon as we label it a disorder and make someone authority on it we get off track… If you put the power into someone else’s hand’s like the autistic person, they can determine if its a valuable aspect of themselves or if they identify that way at all. I think self-identifying should also be seen as acceptable. Its not really about rejecting the label itself as much as seeing it as acceptable. Certainly diagnosis is valuable to help people operate a legal system, get services, etc. Have you heard of Autistic Self Advocacy Network? Or the term neurodiversity? I would be interested in your thoughts.