Hannah Gadsby’s “Douglas” and a Later-in-Life Autism Diagnosis

By Workplace Initiative Team

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Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby is probably best known for her comedy special, Nanette, which won her an Emmy in 2019.

She’s followed it up with another comedy special, Douglas, which toured the U.S. last year and is now available on Netflix. 

In both shows, Gadsby talks about her later-in-life autism diagnosis, and how getting diagnosed helped her come to a better understanding of herself.

Many people with autism are diagnosed later in life, or not at all—especially girls and women. And many people with disabilities or learning and thinking differences choose not to self-disclose at work.

Gadsby’s description of her experience can help people who don’t have autism better understand their colleagues, employers, and employees who do.

Here’s an interview in which Gadsby talks about her autism diagnosis, and her approach to discussing it in her show.

Douglas is available for streaming on Netflix.

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