I know PIP is not a given and I know there are people worse than me but I have jesus been turned down flat for Pip , In a nutshell according to DWP I am too intelligent , too cognitive, too insightful and gave eye contact also I speak well and have a good memory .
I have asked for a mandatory reconsideration .
I did sent in my Autism Assessment diagnosis
PIP is assessed on a strict list of criteria of what a person struggles with in real life in practical situations.
Just stating autism is NOT enough.
You need to give explicit examples and independent proof of what you cannot do and need help with.
CAB will help.
Which I did but my face to face was awful .
I had the same results and they wouldn't let it go to a tribunal either and yet the authorities can discriminate against us as people, lock us in asylums and we can also loose our jobs as I did. So next time I am interviewed for PIP, teddy will accompany me. I was told exactly the same thing that 'I am too high functioning to get PIP but can get ESA support...
I appreciate how you/we feel.
I've often been told that my behaviour, speech and body language makes me unemployable.
But when I tried to apply for ESA and PIP. The advisors laughed in my face and said I didn't stand a chance in getting either.
Oh Robert I had a job until diagnosis as a teaching assistant and had held down other jobs with difficulty over the last four decades of my life. However this all changed with a label of autism and this year as a fifty two year old woman have come through a crisis with very little support from any organisation except the RVS. Citizens advice were unhelpful, Community Action Leicester dint want to know etc. I have never felt more isolated and lonely except for family, friends and a lovely former student from the school where I worked. She's a volunteer and I am helping her to find work as she supports me.
Take a Teddy bear or soft toy next time you see the advisor and say Teddy wants a job. If someone said that to me that's exactly what I would do. I have been known to walk around jobs fairs with 'I Daniel Blake'. The next time I have a DWP Health assessment I shall cuddle my soft toy, then we will see what they will do...
Make the invisible viable and oh another cliche the DWP use is that everyone has a bit of autism within them... really then per haps you would like to cuddle my bear for comfort.
The usual reply to that one is 'No they don't - just as everyone isn't a little bit pregnant.'
PIP is scored only on how your problem impacts upon daily living. Can you feed yourself, wash yourself and manage the toilet yourself? Can you sort out your own meds? Can you get to the shops & buy food/clothes etc.
If so, you score zero.
To score any points you need to have quite serious problems managing day to day activities.
I have no idea how a lot of people qualify these days - I'm Aspergers, I have a brain injury, CFS, chronic pain, terrible ulcerative colitis, memory problems, co-ordination problems etc. and I scored zero too.
I've been told that they are rejecting everyone this year - maybe to sort the wheat from the chaff - those who are seriously ill will have to do without money so they might die and save the country a lot of money and those who are fakers will get a job - and save the country a load of money.