Hello, I'm 23 (24 in 9 days) and I have recently, at the start of December, been officially diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum, something that has taken the better part of 18 years to get. Following this Autism diagnosis I had a visit from PIP, and yesterday, on Monday, I received the judgement which scored us 0 points (but I doubt anyone on here is hardly surprised) and I'm also having some difficulty at the Job Center (luckily I now have an appointment with my work coach to discuss the diagnosis and make changes to my work thingamajig), Primarily I'm looking for advice on both of these, one on how to best tackle PIP with making a mandatory appeal, as well all stages of the process, and with the Job Center, as my parents are hoping to get me onto ESA so I can better cope with my job search.
I'm also feeling quite pessimistic about my chances of getting a job, despite having an Counterbalance FLT licence again since the start of December, as I'm also aware that having a disability can put a black mark on any applications I would be making, and due to bad experiences I want to also avoid working for an Agency.
It's not clear from your post whether you view being autistic as a disability or you have another disability but you don't have to disclose any disability when applying for a job - there are advantages and disadvantages of disclosing.
As far as help appealing the PIP decision see other posts on here about PIP - I can't be bothered posting now what I have posted before.
Personally I view it as a disability (and really there is no shame in it either), and I would rather an employer knows I have it as it will help me in the long run.
We have a section on the site for people with ASD looking for work that you might want to have a look at - http://www.autism.org.uk/services/work/work-search.aspx - if you live near one of the centres listed you can go and get support and guidance on finding a job.
If not, you (or a parent if you prefer) can always contact the NAS helpline for one to one advice. You can find the details here -http://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/about-us/contact-us.aspx (although the helpline will be closed for a few days over Christmas, details are in the link).
Ross - mod
I've been classed as disabled since 2010 and always disclose as I need RA in the interview. It hasn't stopped me securing numerous posts during that time. I receive PIP. I've always been awarded it after f2f appointment and I've applied twice - initial appointment then appeal. I felt the key to my success was supplying independent evidence of the points I was making, such as a print out of my GP notes with the relevant information highlighted, letters from PDOC, ASD assessment report, a letter from my employee etc
What line of work are you looking to get into? Forklift truck driving? ASD shouldn't be much of a problem with that, although you might need to ask that instructions are made clear if you have problems with things like "put that over there".