Hi all! first post and I need some advice. Sorry if it’s in the wrong place.
my son is 15 and has an ASD diagnosis. He’s determined to join the army in the infantry and adamant he doesn’t have ASD.
to be honest I think the army is the best thing for him. My question is can I have his ASD overturned? He’s much more communicative now and makes eye contact (I understand this can be learned behaviour) Can I go private? Or would it have to be NHS (which made the diagnosis)
Can anyone give advice please? I’m going to make an appointment with his gp tomorrow.
has anyone been successful in getting an ASD diagnosis overturned?
dont tell them. if they ask he can say they are wrong. let me in. once in he will be fine. If need be join the TA for a while until he gets his fitness up.
sorry but thats bad advice, if they find out he was diagnosed and didn't tell them he will be dishonourably discharged and possibly in a lot of trouble for it. Plus if he truly is autistic and in a war zone, he could potentially have a meltdown a put people's lives at risk
you say your son is adamant he doesn't have ASD, is he only saying that though as he know the diagnosis will stop of from being aloud to join? How does he cope with authority and change, army life even though very structured can be the total opposite, things can change in a millisecond.
Its also not an autistic friendly environment and within good reasons, i know from experience as when i was 15 i did a 2 week experience course(of which i recommend as it will give him an idea of what its like) I was also in the reserves/TA bout 10 years back and i found it very challenging, which is why i left.
Weirdly i still tried to join the regulars a few times after that and still wish i could join as there is many things about the army i love but i have to admit to myself that it is definitely something i cant do.
I dont mean to be negative and im not trying to deter your son from following his dream, if he goes for it the I wish him all the luck and will have the upmost respect for him as i do for all our members of forces.
You’re asking the wrong question. “Can I have the diagnosis overturned?” Not if he is autistic.
You can’t just overturn a diagnosis because you no longer want it to apply.
If you think it no longer applies then trying to get him reassessed might be an option.
Does he have any friends? Infantry is ALL about teamwork and banter and rough and tumble - if he's not 'the right stuff', it will be HELL for him until he is kicked out.
after some further research it seems that he may still be able to join as they tend to take it on a case by case basis, I was just in an online chat on the army website and they advised to phone and discuss with them
yes he has friends who he hangs with and enjoys banter. He’s desperate to join and I am looking at getting him reassessed privately.
I think if he goes in for the two week ‘taster’ it will give him an idea of if it is right for him or not.
I don’t think that him having the diagnosis will make him a ‘danger’ at all and it makes me angry that just because a person has a diagnosis of autism makes them miss out on opportunities.
I fully believe that when you meet a person with autism you have met ONE person with autism.
also check this link out https://apply.army.mod.uk/how-to-join/can-i-join/medical
sorry quote system is going mental on me!
I totally agree and that is not what i was trying to suggest
Please read my previous comments and give them a call.
I wish you all the best.
The army once you are in, can reassess u and pass u as fit to remain. if u are fit and can do that u can stay. any ways it depends what regiment he joins. i recommend the irish regiments or if technical minded the engineering corps.
there is no reason any person can not serve his country and who says he is autistic ? meltdown ! what meltdown ? that is the negative approach !