Have you kept your child's autism a secret? Perhaps you lurk on groups and post on blogs under a pseudonym so as to keep your child's diagnosis private. I came across an article on Examiner.com titled, Disclosing the Best Kept Secret of Autism.
There are parents who choose not to tell people about their child's diagnosis. I would assume it depends on severity or how likely the child is to interact with a certain group, like your co-workers. For some it's a privacy issue. For others, they might want to avoid discrimination. For a few (a rare few, I hope) it may be the "stigma." I'm sure the reasons are intensely personal.
I met a high powered publishing executive whose son has autism (not Asperger's) and who told me she had not told anyone at work. I know of a family who sent their child to a camp for neurotypical kids and did not tell the staff about the child's (readily apparent) autism.
What's your opinion?
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism and Mom to three beautiful daughters with autism.