I'm being harassed by the DWP and wonder if there are any advocacy organisations that can intercede on my behalf? I use my telephone to play Scrabble and occasionally read the papers. The DWP have been told to email or write letters, yet they persist in ringing...
I've not spoken to strangers with an agenda for years and am not inclined to change my position, being of a solitary nature and for the most part avoiding other people. I was forced to attend a meeting on Tuesday, which went rather badly because I lost control, started screaming and was escorted from the building. I am obliged to put myself through this nonsense for as long as I am in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG), which I've been moved to while I appeal their decision to move me from the Support Group.
I am afraid that I will assault the work coach when I see her on Thursday and would prefer to avoid contact with anyone at the DWP.
Advice would be much appreciated. It is 03.38 and I cannot sleep for worry and mid level rage. I just want the DWP not to provoke me into violence. I could not cope in jail. Feeling a bit hemmed in this morning.
Instead of violence try to channel your meltdowns into something else such as crying and sobbing. Try to play for sympathy instead of threatening people.
I also hate talking on the phone due to bad experiences.
I also cannot sleep.
Will write later
I now have to go to interview for job I am unsuitable for. I am physically a wimp and the job I'm being forced to apply for involves heavy lifting.
You probably can't stop the DWP from phoning you but you don't have to answer their calls.
Is there anyone who could go with you when you see your work coach on Thursday?
I wish I could cry convincingly, Robert, but I've been dry eyed even at funerals of relatives and family friends I've been fond of. Unfortunately for me, I have the sort of height, heft and body language that make people nervous, which is another reason for my preference for offline night wanderings.
Finally fell asleep around 0800 this morning.... for a measly 5 hours. Still tired and stressed.
I sincerely hope your interview went the way you need it to.
I don't answer the phone and have disabled voicemail, so they're wasting their time.
Still no one to come with me on Thursday.
I managed 5.5 hours sleep last night.
Interview a bit of a farce. It was held at a recruitment agency contracted out by the job centre. The interviewer bought 9 information packs. 23 people were there to be interviewed. I waited over 3 hours for my short interview.
Just go to the meetings at DWP and attend the work related activities. You might meet people similar to you. Who are just as pissed off at the DWP as you are. Try to avoid violence in public.
Keep us informed how it goes on Thursday. I advise against violence. Just behave autistic. Although what that means depends on the individual. Or even better go in wearing an appropriate shirt.
Hi Not That Chatty,
This may be too late for your appointment, but you could search our Autism Services Directory for advocacy services in your area. The Directory is here: http://www.autism.org.uk/directory.aspx
You can also contact our Autism Helpline using the online enquiry form if that is more comfortable than phoning them - you'll find the form here: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/main/form.aspx