This chapter explores the construct of stigma and the multiple ways it manifests itself in the work and life experiences of individuals with autism as well as their families. A formal diagnosis of autism may lead to a person experiencing stigma. Individuals who have not been formally diagnosed with ASD may also be stigmatized if they display characteristics of autism. The stigma of individuals with ASD is unique from the stigma felt by individuals with other disabilities. This is because autism is considered an invisible disability. The families of individuals with autism may also experience stigmatization. Individuals with autism may be stigmatized in many phases of their employment.
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