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.
Deosn't it make you Autism and mental health and PIP
A court ruled that the way the forms were set up was unfair to people with mental health and Autism for mobility. Ie. they relied on physical reasons for not being able to walk. Rather than mental reasons like depression or anxiety or memory problems.
"High Court says PIP rule changes are unlawful
Friday 22nd December 2017
The High Court has found that controversial changes to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) rules made earlier this year were unlawful and discriminate against people with mental health issues.
These changes were introduced in March 2017 and made it more difficult to qualify for the mobility component if you needed help to follow a journey due to 'psychological distress'.
The High Court has now found that these changes to the rules discriminate against some disabled people and the Secretary of State did not have the lawful power to make the changes he did.
The government has said that it intends to appeal this decision. It is expected that these PIP rules will continue to be applied in the meantime until the Court of Appeal decides whether or not to allow the appeal. A decision on this is expected in early 2018.
A full copy of the Court's decision in RF v Secretary of State for Department of Work and Pensions is available here." from https://contact.org.uk/news-and-blogs/high-court-says-pip-rule-changes-are-unlawful/
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I got zero points in all the sections of my PIP assessment.
They only looked at my physical symptoms or lack of them.
Yes, I can walk 200m unaided.
But I find it difficult to go into pubs, clubs, weddings, funerals, restaurants, canteens, I have panic attacks due to anxiety. Etc etc. All ignored.
Just can walk 200m .So in perfect health.
Did you appeal? You should try when you have more pep! Start with a call to CAB or NAS.
If you want to try yourself use this; PIP Mandatory Reconsideration Request Letter Tool
They have changed this way to look at criterior. Even if you are out of time. The court ruled that it was unlawful to discriminate on the basis of one illness or another if the result is the same. I.e that you are disabled because of mental health not physical.
I've done my homework. The mandatory reconsideration is the first step before any appeal. I sent of the mandatory reconsideration on the official form with 15 days to spare before the deadline. That should be enough time. Unless they continue to play games and claim that it arrived too late .
The face to face assessment was a farce. Only looking at the physical evidence and completely ignoring the mental/social/behaviour aspects of my life and problems.
The written report even mentioned that I appeared in clean clothes, shaven with no obvious hygiene problems.
Were they looking for a unwashed tramp wearing urine soaked rags?
I even got zero points for communicating with people!
In fact my face to face communication skills are almost zero and I am a recluse with no social life. And people repeatedly complain that my strange body language and inappropriate behaviour makes me unwanted.
I can't believe they are still doing this. Well, actually I can believe it. They can't do discriminate on no physical grounds for mobility anymore.
I have my paper application form. And am procrastinating on it hard. And can't see the point of getting help when the form is so easy.
Even though it says, we understand you may need help if you have a mental condition for this form. Might explain why it took my social worker to call and get it sent, ignoring my letter a month ago. No backdating allowed apparently.