Has anyone diganosed with Autism or Aspergers been sucessful in their claim with ESA or PIP? I claimed PIP but I wasn't sucessful I am going through the appeal process.
I have since found too, I could quite possibly be entiled to ESA as how much my aspergers impacts my life in so many ways going back as far as pre-school.
Does anyone have any experiences advice or pointers that they could give me. I have read online there is a certain group you have to go to if you claim ESA can the DWP do that with someone with aspergers Syndrome is claiming? As part of their disablity is socializing, change, things out of the blue and coping with life outside of the house.
I am a benefits specialist for Citizens Advice and the impacts of Aspergers most definitely mean entitlement to ESA & PIP in many cases. The difficulty in my experience is that Aspergers seems to be viewed as either a learning difficulty or a mental disorder by assessors and this can result in the need to Appeal. Another problem is that often people with Aspergers find their own strategies for coping - often with family support. Since counselling/talking therapies and/or medications are often inappropriate or unhelpful, there is often no "supporting evidence" to send in with the claim. It all really depends on being specific about your difficulties that relate to each descriptor. It is worth going into detail about how things make you feel etc. Take your time and write a daft first etc. This can be very stressful in itself but well worth doing. A "dairy" detailing the difficulties you face in a day or week becomes a legal document when you sign it and is worth including, also from anyone who knows you well or who helps you on a regular basis. Take a look at what is required on Citizens Advice public site (or others!) and seek advice if needed. Representing a client with Aspergers at a PIP Tribunal tomorrow. Wish us luck and best wishes to you.