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Em Rusciano opens up about her late-in-life autism diagnosis at the age of 43

Em Rusciano has shared that she has been formally diagnosed with autism, just a few months after her son Elio was diagnosed with the same neurodivergency.

In a sweet Instagram snap, the mum-of-three wrote of her son, “E and I have always understood each other on a magic level. It kinda feels like we exist in our own personal realm. We both share a love of microscopic details, plain pasta and really soft blankets. He gets me and I him and now I know why.”

Rusciano, 43, then revealed she was diagnosed with autism a week prior, but “it wasn’t really a shock.”

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“Going through Elio’s diagnostic process prepared me. And just like after my ADHD diagnosis, I again find myself trying to untangle all the ways in which being an undiagnosed autistic person has impacted my life,” the podcast host wrote on Saturday, which was International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

“Ultimately I’m working towards liberation from the masking and pretending I’ve learned to do, two things this little kid will never have to do if I have any say in the matter.

“So on this day of visibility for all disabled people, I simply ask that you celebrate, see and honour those of us who are perhaps different to you.”

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Em Rusciano has revealed she has been diagnosed with autism at the age of 43. (Instagram)

Rusciano’s autism diagnosis comes one year after her ADHD diagnosis, which she discussed in an address to the National Press Club of Australia three months ago.

The mum-of-three spoke about how her diagnosis impacted her life, particularly when she was trying to make a career for herself in breakfast radio.

”It brought out the very worst of my undiagnosed ADHD symptoms,” she said, adding that time blindness, bluntness and inability to regulate her diagnosis led to the demise of this career path.

She added that her success to this day has been “really, really hard” and discussing it in the forum was challenging.

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Em Rusciano with son Elio
Rusciano was prepared for her diagnosis after having to go through it for her son. (Instagram)

Rusciano also spoke about her fears surrounding her son’s diagnosis from a mother’s perspective.

“My son Elio was recently diagnosed as neurodivergent, he’s on the autism spectrum and I have become painfully aware of the fact the world isn’t set up for his success,” she explained in her speech.

“Since joining the neurodivergent community I have learnt that the concept of neurodiversity is a complex one.”

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