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
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.'
I have been told twice that everyone is a little bit autistic, once by a DWP advisor and also by a woman who came to do a social assessment face to face..