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 also thinking about applying for PIP.
I really struggle with in the workplace. Would I be eligible for ESA?
I believe you can claim both. Here is a direct quote from another forum.
Yes, you can claim ESA and PIP (and many people do) - ESA is paid to people who can't work because of their condition or impairment. PIP is paid to people who have difficulty doing things in their daily lives because of their condition or impairment. So people who both can't work, and also have difficulty doing daily stuff, can claim both benefits - they are for different things. Read more at community.scope.org.uk/.../can-you-claim-esa-as-well-as-pip
Scroll down to "Download our PIP guidance document "
That's quite good at working out your PIP eligibility. You can then work out how many points you think you might be eligible for.
I know that as much as I can find social situations very difficult I don't score a single point on a PIP assessment.
That link covers ESA quite well, again I'd score no points.
I think that the tests seem more geared to severe or physical disabilities, I also find think that my Asperger's would in any way leave me scoring points, I think it would have to push into full blown Autism before that happened.
Thank you very much for this information!
I think I would score some points in them.
Contact if you already haven’t you local Citizens Advice Bureau or Law clinic.
I am currently claiming ESA and going through PIP- Awaiting for my Assessment (Which I am SO stressed about). My Support worker is helping me with my PIP Assessment and she sent my form off. She said if I dont get it first time keep on going on and appealing as many times.
I am a benefits specialist at Citizens Advice and the difficulties faced by those with Aspergers most definitely fit the descriptors for both PIP & ESA in many cases. The main difficulty in my experience is the assessors failure to understand that Aspergers is not a learning disability nor mental disorder. Often people find their own strategies for coping (often with family support), no medication is prescribed and often counselling/therapy etc is not appropriate or helpful. This can result in a lack of "supporting evidence" and depends on the individual with Aspergers to accurately and effectively communicate the difficulties they face. Some people are able to do this -some can't. I would suggest that individuals get assistance with their claim from Citizens Advice or an autism support agency. It can be done otherwise but this may involve going to appeal. I am attending a PIP Tribunal tomorrow with a client. Wish us luck!
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.