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 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..
Sorry to hear this. Like others have said PIP is based on a strict set of criteria. I have numerous qualifications and work 4 days a week as a teacher but I still receive enhanced rate daily living as being autistic severely impacts on my life in a number of ways.
If you feel you meet the criteria, do you have independent examples of this that can support your application, such as GP notes, Access to Work reports etc? I believe that sending this evidence has been the key to my successful claims. As per the example below when filling out the form I state how I meet the criteria then highlight where the relevant evidence can be found
As an autistic individual, I struggle immensely with communicating verbally. Firstly, I have an overwhelming fear of phones and will not answer unless I know what the call is about. Due to this, I do not plug in my phone at work and use email instead, as demonstrated in the email from xxx on the 3rd September 2018. Secondly,xxx
The email on the 3rd septwas from a colleague explaining how she knows 'I don't do phones' so did I want my email putting on a staff contacts list instead
Well unless you know the system really well, it's hard to be successful without support. I did everything you suggested, even showed them my medical reports and tablets. People were fond of saying wait until the tribunal but it didn't even get that far and when I asked for support, people either were too busy, not bothered or even rude. So I just carried on regardless without much support. However I did get ESA due to the fact I had been to A & E with raised liver functions, stress and had both Coeliac disease and incontinence.
That is awful . Sorry the system is failing you .
Thank you , very useful information.
I can prepare a meal, but I don’t as I get distracted and I only eat when food is cooked for me. I can shower but will go a week without because I get distracted or lack motivation too. I can dress myself but will wear the same pair of underwear for days on end. I can brush my teeth but don’t for days on end. For same reasons above. Reading is difficult if there stuff going on around me. Socialising is difficult due to anxiety and I very rarely leave my room. But I’m intelligent and make eye contact and I also scored zero on everything.
My cab rep already prepared me for a no, but I wasn’t expecting zero points. He also said he’s seen so many autistic adults being denied because dwp have ZERO knowledge of autism and how it affect us. He also told me it’ll most likely go to appeal/tribunal. I’m phoning him Monday to arrange this.
Good luck if your doing the same.
I think a major flaw with PIP ,as it was with DLA, is that it's more about how well you,or someone on your behalf, presents your case rather than how much things actually affect you. This is why someone who is good at presenting their case with moderate needs may do better than someone with greater needs who is less able to present their case. Ironically with regards to those of us with a mental illness this means that many with significant needs are the most likely to lose out.