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Hi all,

 

after many months of putting it off

I finally got my act together and sent the application for my adult son's ESA claim.

 

My son has autisim and learning disabilities and is not capable of completing these forms himself

because he does not fully understand his disability and he can't cope with what needs to be done.

 

Tbh I found the form horrendous to fill out because I found I had too much to say about the issues

that my son endures everyday and the questions have nothing to do with real life.

 

the ATOS form was sent last week so now we only have to wait and prepare.

 

Getting my son to the assessment is going to be torturous for him and us as a family,

I am now wondering if this is the right course of action for my son

because my job is to protect him first and foremost.

 

I have read many many horror stories about these people who perform these assessments

and they sound subhuman,

I guess you have to be to work in an environment to punish the most needy people in our country.

 

Two weeks ago we received a letter stating that my son may be asked to attend interviews

and they require medical statements.

 

we make an appointment to see the doctor,

explain the position we are in and lets just say the doctor just laughed and shook his head.

 

He couldn't believe they want to know when my son's autisim will be gone.

 

I mean what the hell, autisim is a lifelong developmental disability,

he is never going to not be autistic.

 

i took the statement thing to the local JCP.

The doctor gave us one for 6 months.

We received a letter on Saturday stating that they will only accept the statement

as him being unfit for work for 3 months instead of the 6 the doctor signed him off for.

I don't understand how a doctor can sign my son as unfit for work for 6 months

but they will only accept it for 3 months.

 

Can they do this?

 

I am concerned about this 'we may need you to attend interviews.'

 

My question for any kind person who may know is:

if they make him go can I go with him?

 

He can not use public transport independently because of safety issues

and he would just be so distraught during one of these 'interviews'.

What can I do to make sure that they can't just send him all over the place?

Surely they have to comply with any needs his disability requires?

I think I need to have a good read of the DDA and Equality Act or something.

 

Thankyou for reading my ramblings :roll:

b x

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The interviews you're taking about for the work related activity group. My brother (also Autistic) had to attend one of these and my mum went along with him, knowing he wouldn't be able to manage by himself. (He hardly ever goes out and doesn't interact with strangers) It was awful from what mum said. She went with him and was able to stay with him. The woman they saw, asked what Autism was?

 

The decision was appealed and he was put into the support group.

 

The letters saying "you may be required to attend an interview" are computer generated. btw. You may find that your son is put into the support group and doesn't have to attend any interviews or do anything.

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have you got DLA/carers moving forward too?

 

don't worry about the automated letters etc.

 

I know someone that worried about all what you are

 

they sailed through it

 

and were better off by over £700 a month out of it all.

 

they had suffered for years since the daughter had left full time education

were even looking to downsize their adapted home to be able to support her financially

 

they now also get 10hrs aweek external support

where by they come and take their daughter away for 3hrs 3 times a week.

 

I can recommend nothing more than KEEP banging the drum of you want help to everyone,

 

dx

please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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Hi,

 

Thank-you both for your replies. Hopefully all will be well but it's still a worry.

 

DX, I do get carers allowance and my son receives his DLA. He gets low mobility and medium care rates. His DLA was first awarded when he was 6 and then we had to reapply once my son reached 16.

 

Take care

Bx

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great

 

dx

please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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My friend was a carer for young man with similar conditions to your son. She got all the letters you have and yet he wasn't called for an assessment and went straight into the support group. While it is best to be prepared for the worst, sometime they do see sense. Fingers crossed and good luck.

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