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#41 trekster

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 03:24 PM

QUOTE (Danr @ Jan 12 2010, 11:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just so you know - you can download a version to fill in on a pc at:

http://www.direct.go...nce/DG_10011925

anyway - just a few q's

I'm not sure if I qualify - I have no problems washing, dressing, cooking, but have mild-moderate coordination problems, and communication/socialising - should I still apply?


You mention no problems with cooking, what about shopping for the food, preparing the meal from scratch and then cooking without burning all on your own? Could you cook a roast chicken with potatoes, vegetables and gravy for example? Having 3 or more pans on the go at once? Also if you were interrupted by something unexpected (fire alarm, phone ringing knock on the door, loud bang) would you be able to continue with the cooking without being distressed?

The problem is ive heard if you can manage to cook meals then it's harder to get DLA. i know of one asperger (only 1 and it was 12 years ago) who was refused dla on the grounds he could cook meals. The communication/socialising i would definitely apply for that reason but im unsure about the cooking.
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Also - a lot of troubles aren't things I usually need others help with - but can usually cope with myself - again does that matter?


Don't mention in detail what you can do.
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and - when it asks how many days a week I need help - that can vary, what should I put?

it mentions a three month qualifying period - is this from the date you submit the form?

and finally - where it asks how long you've had the condition - should I just put "lifelong"?

ta.


For the number of days a week i would put the maximum that you have required help. Use a worse case scenario with each comment you put down.
Not sure about the 3 month qualifying period could be that it takes up to 3 months to process. i know any money you are awarded is backdated to the time you submitted the form.

Put n/a congenital (meaning from birth) since most research suggests autism is congenital.

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 11:34 PM

am gonna talk to DP about appealing our decision as based on the above he should have got something, he cannot prepare a meal undistracted for sure!

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 05:04 PM

QUOTE (baranigirl @ Feb 9 2010, 11:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
am gonna talk to DP about appealing our decision as based on the above he should have got something, he cannot prepare a meal undistracted for sure!


i mentioned things like problems with lifting a kettle with one hand, timing when somethings going to be cooked, any instances of overcooking something that set off a fire alarm (had a smoky kitchen due to overcooking food twice now). Also what would happen if he was distracted, ie would he go back to the meal and know what had to be done next.

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 07:19 PM

Just wanted to quickly update that I got confirmation that I'm getting higher rate mobility/middle rate care thumbup.gif Sorry I haven't been around much unsure.gif

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 08:11 PM

Glad to hear that there is good news about your DLA. I hope it's good things that are keeping you too busy for the forum.

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 09:40 PM

Pleased you got the level of benefit you deserved mate.

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 09:15 PM

I have just received my renewal form. I think I know how to fill in my bit, mostly by copying my last application form really. Just scared it will be assessed differently this time, and my GP may not support my claim.

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 03:13 AM

I found out today that I have been turned down for DLA. The NAS is useless, inasmuch as they don't give you any information as to what to write for each question. I was led to believe that if a person can't cook a meal from scratch, then they might get help. I get easily stressed when cooking a meal & I usually end up eating say around 8pm, because I end up surfing the net and forget to put the oven on.

I don't socialise as I don't have any friends - in fact I don't like socialising. I don't like strange people, such as plumbers, etc, coming into my house and I don't like people using my bathroom. Can someone explain how I, someone with Asperger's is able to get some help?

I am also wondering if the new Personal Independence Payment will actually take into account the various traits experienced by those of us with Asperger's.

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 11:59 PM

Filling in the forms is not striaghtforward - did you have anyone to help you? The wording of your replies is important.

You could ask for help to fill inthe form at the CAB.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 01:02 AM

I didn't find the NAS information that helpful either. What it does do is help you to collect the right information. Then it's down to you to work out what bits to write where.

There is a website called Benefits and Work which a lot of people recommend for help with appealing DLA. There is a fee but apparently it is well worth it.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 12:52 AM

If you want to receive DLA then the only thing you can do is lie. I have no mobility issues and do not need care and yet, I can only work for 10 hours a week, due to my lack of slef-motivation. If the agency, for which I do telemarketing, decides to dispense with my services, (I am a self-employed telemarketer), then I have no income, unless I apply for JSA.
Today, I learnt that I will receive £97.20 a week in Housing Benefit, instead of the £103 -odd I was getting, due to the fact that I earn £320 a month. My landlord has asked me to contribute an extra £10 a month, maybe a bit more. If I did claim DLA, then I would lose more HB, so I'm in a quandry. But what I do know is that Aspies are one group of disabled people who are being denied DLA, even though they are disabled.
Asperger's Syndrome is deemed to be a disability and yet most of us are denied DLA in the first instance. And the NAs does faff all.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 07:05 PM

im nearly 22 claim dla. when i went through ESA not long ago staff had to make doing it on behalf and state reason why, had some nurse do some things and had my doctor help me with other things. usually professionals do it for me cos im not able to understand it

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 07:32 PM

If you want to receive DLA then the only thing you can do is lie. I have no mobility issues and do not need care and yet, I can only work for 10 hours a week, due to my lack of self-motivation. If the agency, for which I do telemarketing, decides to dispense with my services, (I am a self-employed telemarketer), then I have no income, unless I apply for JSA.
Today, I learnt that I will receive £97.20 a week in Housing Benefit, instead of the £103 -odd I was getting, due to the fact that I earn £320 a month. My landlord has asked me to contribute an extra £10 a month, maybe a bit more. If I did claim DLA, then I would lose more HB, so I'm in a quandry. But what I do know is that Aspies are one group of disabled people who are being denied DLA, even though they are disabled.
Asperger's Syndrome is deemed to be a disability and yet most of us are denied DLA in the first instance. And the NAs does faff all.


Thats completely wrong to lie about your needs. You can write down how things are on a bad day which is what i have done. i didn't get my DLA via lying. Cant you apply for ESA if you loose your contract? Your description appears that you are loosing less than you need to pay extra to your landlord. Why would claiming a non means tested benefit ie DLA mean you loose your housing benefit? I'm on both. i know of aspies (and auties) that arent denied DLA my friends in my social circle, they've happened to have applied via benefits and work and various other agencies to get their money. im guessing the NAS welfare email address was unable to help you?

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:00 AM

Other tips when applying for DLA is explain what would happen if someone couldnt help you, explain what happened when you didnt have help, explain any routines that take longer than a non disabled person, explain what other people can do to help and why they have to understand your disability. Knowing who to and how to ask for help is common amongst this population.

Another resource ive found helpful for any assessment is...

http://sacramentoasi...ponsibility.pdf

I've used the 'Practical Support Services' section writen pages and pages (extra pages are good for DLA applications) on what mine and sometimes others needs are to help them get the moeny they deserve. One of my firends was turned down year after year, she scanned in her report and as i suspected she just needed help filling in her form. She was awarded DLA and is very happy.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 12:47 AM

Hiya Floz, good to see you. style_emoticons/default/smile.gif

Great news about the DLA. L has an indefinite DLA award too. I don't know exactly what it means either. I'm hoping it means "for ever" - but that may be a bit naive. style_emoticons/default/huh.gif

Hope Bill is doing well, indefinate means they can look at claim at anytime used 2 be 4 life but changed it 2 indefinate

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 12:48 AM

indefinate means dla can be looked at anytimex

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 02:51 AM

Indefinite actually means for a long time... but the changes to PIP.

Indefinite award mine has not been relooked at since 18 years old


in·def·i·nite/in&#712;def&#601;nit/


Adjective:
  • Lasting for an unknown length of time: "indefinite detention"

Edited by Special_talent123, 10 November 2012 - 02:51 AM.


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Posted 18 November 2012 - 04:58 PM

Mine is now Indefinite Higher Rate Care and Higher Rate Mobility. With the physical disabilities as well as ASD I should be on Enhanced for both in PIP

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 11:34 AM

I found out today that I have been turned down for DLA. The NAS is useless, inasmuch as they don't give you any information as to what to write for each question. I was led to believe that if a person can't cook a meal from scratch, then they might get help. I get easily stressed when cooking a meal & I usually end up eating say around 8pm, because I end up surfing the net and forget to put the oven on.

I don't socialise as I don't have any friends - in fact I don't like socialising. I don't like strange people, such as plumbers, etc, coming into my house and I don't like people using my bathroom. Can someone explain how I, someone with Asperger's, is able to get some help?

I am also wondering if the new Personal Independence Payment will actually take into account the various traits experienced by those of us with Asperger's.

This might help: The 'cooking test' of the Disability Living Allowance


Edited by Aeolienne, 27 May 2013 - 11:34 AM.


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 04:47 PM

Another idea is the 'benefits and work' website.



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 03:00 PM

We have to re apply for DLA,we have been sent DLA forms, as there is such a backlog for PIP, however, I cant seem to be able to find the supplementary forms from the NAS, I click on the link, but It wont work!! They, were brilliant last time we applied, does anyone know how I can get them?

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 10:24 AM

Have you tried looking on the nas website and using the search box on the bottom right of the page.




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