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.
Yes, I have Asperger's and claiming both ESA and PIP. Don't worry about the PIP, I am confident you will get it. They reject a very high percentage of first time applicants. You can appeal and score more points in areas you think they applied too low a point for. You can go to your local autism centre to help you with this. I am from Glasgow and we have an organisation called the ARC (Autism Resource Centre) run by Glasgow City Council Social Work Department. If you have a place like that in your area, go there and they will help you with your appeal form.
To appeal for my PIP, i was fortunate that the Maggie's Centre in Glasgow helped me with my appeal form. They scored me too low in communication as they thought as i was perfectly articulate and had the impression that I found socialising easy which is not the case and has been prevalent since pre-school too as i didnt mix with other kids at nursery and had melt-downs and had to be taken out of nursery as I did not cope. I struggle with employment to this day and struggled at school. Just beef those things up, about communication, socialisation, even carrying out domestic chores, that you need support with that.
With ESA, I am on the Work Programme - you have to go to a place called Ingeus. It is unfortunate but they put you in that if you can work in the future. Explain you have asperger's and bring a chaperon if you wish to explain to the advisor about Asperger's. I have quite a sympathetic advisor who does not pressurise me. You are in no obligation to go to the group workshops. You can say that that would overwhelm you. You must attend the meeting with your advisor though, that is mandatory or they could sanction your ESA.
Anymore information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
PS. When awarded PIP, you will get backdated money from the date of your first claim for it. PIP also entitles you to a disabled railcard to travel around the UK by train for a third off all fares and entitles you to bring a companion with you for the same fare. Also with PIP, you are entitled to a concessionary bus pass.