I have an autism assistance dog as recommended by my doctor. He is owner trained and is considered an auxiliary aid under the equality act. I have sought advice from ACAS, the equality and human rights support line and assistance dogs uk and have all said the same thing. That he would be considered an auxiliary aid due to my autism.
My employer however have refused to make reasonable adjustments for him to come into the workplace unless I produce a letter stating why autism is a disability. Considering I work for a university I would think they would be aware.
I have already provided my doctors letter stating that he reduces my symptoms.
I'm just shocked my their response.
Thank you for reading.
I felt like saying ask google. But will if course ask my doctor for a letter.
Kate-wolf said:My employer however have refused to make reasonable adjustments for him to come into the workplace unless I oriduc a letter stating why autism is a disability.
Here is a quote from the NAS regarding autism as being a disability ~ from the following link:
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.
Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be 'cured'. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.
Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing.
Find out how many people are autistic, how autistic people see the world, how autism is diagnosed, and how you can help.
Heu thank you for this, yes I had read this and hence why I am shocked that they have even asked the question.
that is shocking. I hear things like this all the time but this one to stupid piled on stupid.
Assistance dogs are about quite a bit now eg diabetes assistance dogs as well.
So sorry you have to experience such a strange response. Yea 10 minutes on google , Maybe the same person doesn't know what google is !
I know I'm just in shock!
is that the assistance dog in your profile picture ? need to say i love all dogs i grew up with them and have learnt some skills from them.
Kate-wolf said:Heu thank you for this, yes I had read this and hence why I am shocked that they have even asked the question.
Never expect anything other than box ticking bureaucracy perhaps?
Hi Kate-wolf this is awful can't believe your employer is so ignorant
It might be better for you to send them proof of disability benefit for your autism because then you are showing the affect is has on your life which is why you will need disability help. Get me?
Would like to hear how you get on please update us
Not sure who your employer is write to the head of them complain go to the ombudsman write to your local mp your employer sounds like bad news to me and the public should know who they are so they can avoid because they;re clearly discriminatory against the equality act and breaking the law
Write to their funders/customers letting them know when you leave, I've find another job/work for yourself asap
Kate-wolf said:I have already provided my doctors letter stating that he reduces my symptoms.I'm just shocked my their response.
There is this also this information from the ADUK (Assistance Dogs United Kingdom) website:
If somebody has qualified to be partnered with an assistance dog trained by an ADUK member, they will have had to show clear evidence of their disability by means of medical assessments and reports. Some disabilities, such as deafness, may not be visible.
The Equalities Act 2010 states that it is unlawful for a service provider to discriminate against a disabled person either directly or indirectly. For full information on the law and assistance dogs, please read the Equality and Human Rights Commission or Equality Commission NI
The Equalities Act 2010 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995 say that reasonable adjustments must be made in order to avoid discriminating against people with disabilities. These will range from creating an access route for a person with a wheelchair to waiving a “no dog’s policy” in order that a disabled person may be accompanied by their assistance dog.
All assistance dogs trained and placed by ADUK member organisations perform practical assistive tasks for their disabled partners, to avoid them being at a disadvantage and to enable them to be independent, or provide guiding skills in the case of blind or partially sighted people. For this reason it is reasonable to allow assistance dogs to accompany their owners into most situations where pet dogs would not be permitted, or for service providers to make reasonable adjustments in providing safe and secure accommodation for a dog and support for its handler in the dog’s absence, in, for example, a zoo.
A disabled person should not be put at a disadvantage due to their assistance dog. For example, a disabled person should not be asked to sit in a specific area to keep the dog out of the way, or asked to pay an additional fee for cleaning.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission have produced a guide that informs businesses of their legal obligation to allow access to assistance dogs: Assistance dogs – a guide for all businesses.