I am new to this forum and have been diagnosed with Aspergers. I work part time and have avoided claiming benefits previously as the whole system terrifies me, but I am struggling with my finances and I finally have my first appointment next Wednesday as I can't avoid it any more.
Is there anybody who can tell me what will happen and what it might be like? I know I have to bring ID with me. I am worried that my anxiety will completely overwhelm me and their expectations of my ability to work will be too high. I currently work 20 hours a week and find it very overwhelming. I am not looking to work more hours than that, perhaps just slightly better pay in a job I can cope with but I have read that many of the people there don't really understand Asperger's so I'm scared they might tell me to find any full time job.
I am getting more and more anxious the closer it gets and considering cancelling my application. I know that would cause problems, but it honestly feels so much less stressful. Any information from anybody who has been through this process would be really appreciated.
I find that most of the time it is impossible to be polite with the Department for Work and Pensions.
They all the time keep pushing you over the edge.
One has no choice but to be rude and say ''NO!''. This is very difficult for me.
Have you had similar experience?
Learn there game and play them at it.Never forget they can be as late as they like to see you but if you are late by 1 minute they can be total %$$.
They seam to think that they able to remove issue's of your Autism by using threats of sanctions.