Even though I have been on this journey for almost a year, i still struggle with what causes meltdowns and the such. I also struggle with recognising the signs until it's too late.
As I'm not diagnosed, my employer won't give me any lee way. Which is causing me more anxiety.
I seem to be in a vicious circle at the moment.
I can't take any sick because I won't get paid, which will add to my anxiety. I have already had to take holiday time as sick leave.
Hi Ed S ,
I'm sorry to here that you're struggling at work. You may find it useful to contact our Autism Helpline team who can provide you with information and advice . You can contact the team via telephone on 0808 800 4104 (Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm, Friday 9am to 3pm). Please note that the Helpline is experiencing a high volume of calls and it may take a couple of attempts before you get through to speak to an advisor. Alternatively, should you prefer to send a message, you can do so via their webform:
I hope this helps,
You are probably covered by the Equalities Act even though you're not diagnosed. If all you need is adjustments which can be considered reasonable (i.e. they allow you to do your job and don't unreasonably cost your employer), then your employer has a legal duty to accommodate you. That's how it was explained to me anyway, and confirmed in writing by my occ health department at work. I'm sure an expert will be along soon.......
Ive got a formal diagnosis and am having problems at work. Ive asked for adjustments but my manager is refusing because according to him im not physically disabled so therefore the Equality Act isnt relevant.
Ive tried to put him straight but he's refusing to alter his view on it
Oh, well as you know your manager is simply factually wrong! Can you approach your HR department, Occ Health or Union rep? Or are you in a small company without these departments?
Wrong!!!!!!..."ASC is a recognised disability under the Equality Act (2010) and as such ‘Reasonable Adjustments’ should be made in any workplace or educational setting"
as JohnS has just said, WRONG!, in fact, and this surprised me, u dont even need a diagnosis. Ignorance within companies is very common. You need to get an intermediary government body. Contact your HR right away and let them know how wrong they are.
search in here
get someone between u and your employer if u can. plesae state if u are in england scotland wales or northern ireland
A little update, had a meeting on Monday with my supervisors boss. The upshot is that we are going to see if we can work out the my issues informally.
They are looking to put in more support if i need it.
So it seems that thing have moved on in a positive way.