I am just about to submit at PIP application form.
I am physically disabled with failed back surgery and chronic pain, but also have diagnoses of ASD1, ADHD Combined Type and Bipolar 2.
I have completed the forms using the guidance provided, but was looking to gain comfort on how my Asperger's will be handled by the Assessors.
I have heard things that I do not like from other people experiences, but was wondering if anybody had anything positive to offer and to make the whole process less stressful.
Hi Music For The Mind,
You may have already seen this - apologies if so - but there is a page here on the NAS site about PIP which you can view here: http://www.autism.org.uk/pip
You can see a checklist of all the criteria that is used when making a PIP assessment, or scroll down to the bottom of the page for a link to the actual PIP assessment guide used by the government - although it's quite a dense technical policy document, it may be of interest if you're looking for more information about the process.
Additionally, although you haven't had your assessment yet, it might be worth looking over the page on challenging a PIP decision - http://www.autism.org.uk/about/benefits-care/benefits/pip/challenging.aspx - in the event that you disagree with the assessors and want to ask for reconsideration, which is your legal right. Hopefully that won't be necessary but the information is there if you need it.
Hope this is of some help,
Ross - mod
That is so helpful Ross: I am so grateful.
I honestly think my ADHD and Asperger's are harder to live with than my physical disabilities.
I get completely overwhelmed by this PIP process, with having to read so many documents.
I cannot type due to nerve damage, so I use a dictation programme on my computer.
I have just finsihed my answers and naturally, everything has to be perfectly formatted or I just cannot progress.
I fixate about the formatting and get sressed if it looks wrong.
The content is most likely OK, but there is sooooooooooooooo much of it:
I have answered everything perfectly honestly:
ADHD, Bipolar, Aspergers, failed spinal surgery and chronic pain whilst on morphine affects every second of my life.
I will take heart from today though:
I got a letter from the DWP just now asking me to submit my passport as proof of identity.
This caused one of my meltdowns, as I have a fear of people not believing me, and I also thought it was a scam to get my passport.
However, I called the PIP Helpline and the lady seemed to understand.
I wonder if I should include that as an example.
Anyway, thanks for your help - It has made me feel better.