Can I claim PIP for aspergers?

This blog post will answer whether one can claim PIP for aspergers, and how one can apply for PIP for aspergers. 

We will also briefly discuss what PIP is as well as what aspergers and it’s symptoms are. 

Can I claim PIP for aspergers?

Yes. You can apply to claim for PIP if you have Aspergers or now known as Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Autism Spectrum Disorders is a condition that can cause far reaching disabilities which make their day to day living and moving around difficult and this is what the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefits covers. 

What is PIP?

PIP stands for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) which is a financial benefit that is paid to between the ages of 16-64 who need financial help because of a long-term illness, disability or mental health condition. 

PIP is a financial assistance and benefit that does not affect your income, capital or savings of the individual and you can also claim other benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit even if one claims PIP.

An individual can apply for and be paid PIP even if when they are in and out of work and one’s payment to National Insurance does not affect PIP. However PIP might affect Constant Attendance Allowance or war pensioners’ mobility supplement.

You can claim PIP in case you have a condition that affects you day to day life and these conditions- mental or physical-limits you in any of the following ways:

  • Speaking to other people
  • Shopping and paying bills
  • Planning and following journeys
  • Preparing food and eating- diet and nutrition. 
  • Washing and bathing- hygiene.

PIP consists of two components, and people can qualify for both components or only one. These components are:

  • Daily living component
  • Mobility component

PIP claims upon approval are paid into your bank or post office account every four weeks after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) assesses you as eligible for the claim and also determines what rate you are to be paid. 

Awards of PIP are for fixed periods of time like a certain number of months or years and once this period ends you can make another claim to receive these awards.

How is PIP assessed?

Once you have applied for PIP, the next step of the process involves assessment to see if you meet the criteria which determines your eligibility. 

The assessment process involves assessing the documents and pros of evidence you provide along with your application and a face-to-face appointment with a healthcare professional who assesses how the condition has affected your physical, mental, and social well-being. 

The assessment process also involves a three month observation period where You must meet the criteria for three months before the payments start.

After the payments start, you will also be observed further in the sense that you must continue to meet the criteria for a further nine months so as to prevent entitlement based on short-term conditions.

What are the criteria for PIP?

PIP assessments has criterias for two components (mobility and daily living) and these criterias that are assessed includes the following:

Daily living

Criteria related to daily living activities includes having difficulty in the following areas:

  • Needing prompting or supervision to cook and prepare food
  • Needing prompting or supervision to eat food
  • Needing help managing therapy or monitoring a health condition 
  • needing prompting or supervision to maintain hygiene. 
  • Needing assistance in managing toilet needs 
  • Needing assistance in dressing and undressing 
  • Needing communication support)
  • Needing prompting to read or understand written information and reading.
  • Unable to interact in an appropriate manner, understand body language and establish relationships
  • They need assistance when planning a budget or managing and paying bills

Mobility 

Criteria related to Mobility includes having difficulty in the following areas:

  • planning and following a journey. Needs assistance to make a journey and take care of all details related to making this journey like scheduling, planning, billing etc. 
  • Struggle with limited physical ability to move around.

How do I claim PIP?

To claim PIP, you can go through the following process:

The phone call

Citizens of England, Wales or Scotland can call the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on 0800 917 2222. Citizens of Northern Ireland, can call the Social Security Agency on 0800 012 1573.

During this phone call, you will be asked to share their basic personal details and it is important that it is the claimant, the appointee or the prospective appointee who makes the call.

If someone else calls on your behalf, you will be required to speak on the phone and pass an identity check.

If you are unable to claim by phone due to your disability you can make a paper claim called PIP1. 

The form is available to view on the DWP website but to avail the form you can write to the address below to claim a PIP1.

Personal Independence Payment New Claims

Post Handling Site B

Wolverhampton

WV99 1AH

The form

Now, after you have made the initial claim either by phone call or in writing, a form will be sent to you called the PIP2.

You have to fill up the details of this form and return it. The form will ask details about your disability and the challenges you face and the help that you need. 

The face-to-face assessment

The next step of the process, most people are asked to attend an assessment with a health professional from an independent company to run these assessments. 

These companies will contact you and may ask you to attend an appointment at an assessment centre, or arrange for the assessor to visit you at home if moving around is an issue for you due to your condition. 

However, for a home visit, you must explain why it is not possible for you to travel to the assessment and you need not have evidence of proof since home consultations are considered necessary if the context demands it. 

While face to face assessments are recommended, you need not have one. If you can provide enough evidence about your difficulties with reports and assessments, the PIP decision can be done without face to face assessment. 

What is Aspergers?

Asperger’s syndrome now known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), grouped as a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects one’s social, cognitive, emotional, and behavioural patterns. 

Aspergers is more on the mild side of Autism Spectrum disorders and is now called level 1 ASD and consists of the following behavioural symptoms:

  • They are observed to be having difficulty with social interaction
  • They are often seen to be engaging in repetitive behaviour
  • They are known to be standing firm on opinions and beliefs
  • They tend to be hyper committed on focusing on rules and routines

People with Asperger’s are usually high functioning meaning that they need less support than other people on the autism spectrum. 

In adults and children, people with Asperger’s don’t involve delays in language skills or cognitive development unlike other conditions on the more severe side of the autism spectrum. 

In most, not all, people with aspergers can generally manage the activities of daily life on their own or with very little support and their cognitive level does not require special needs and are usually able to allow them to hold down a job. 

What are the symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome?

Some signs of Asperger’s or Autism spectrum disorder include:

  • Extreme focus on a narrow topic of interest where there is an all-consuming interest in things. 
  • They have trouble recognizing social cues which make their attempts with social interactions difficult. 
  • They are also unaware of situational cures and they may also have difficulty knowing how to act in certain situations such as having to lower their voices in certain locations.
  • They have difficulty reading facial expressions or body language which makes it hard for them to recognize and understand other people’s feelings. 
  • They tend to avoid making eye contact
  • They Speak in a monotone voice
  • They tend to have a “frozen” face and have very few facial expressions.
  • They have difficulty with motor skills and coordination which after their walking, doing activities that require coordination such as climbing, riding a bike.

When it comes to the diagnosis of Aspergers or Autism, there is no single test that can tell you whether you or your child is on the autism spectrum.

However most diagnosis are made by making various observations that involve:

  • Their language skills
  • Their patterns of social interactions
  • Their facial expressions 
  • Their levels of interest in interacting with others
  • Their tolerance and attitudes toward change
  • Their motor coordination and motor skills

Conclusion

This blog post has answered whether one can claim PIP for aspergers, and how one can apply for PIP for aspergers. 

We have also briefly discussed what PIP is as well as what aspergers and it’s symptoms are. 

FAQ related to PIP for aspergers

Should Aspergers be considered a disability?

Autism Spectrum Disorder or aspergres is a debilitating disorder that can cause disability and dysfunction in major areas of a person’s lives and it is among the conditions that qualify for disability benefits and is listed in most countries disorders under benefits. 

Are people with aspergers special needs?

Depending on where a person stands in their severity of symptoms with autism spectrum disorder, they can be considered part of “special needs” programs in school education systems if they require more learning support.

Is Asperger’s a permanent disability?

As there is no cure for Asperger syndrome, it is a permanent condition that one lives with however, depending on where the person stands on the spectrum- a person who has the condition can function and live their lives effectively while others are more bound to more assistance in their daily living. 

Can you get a disability check for Aspergers?

Yes you can apply and receive disability checks and benefits for Aspergers from your government provided  that you meet the criterias for disability wrt your condition. 

References

Burke.D. Asperger’s Syndrome. Healthline. 7th January 2022. https://www.healthline.com/health/asperger-syndrome

Personal Independence Payment. National Autistic Society. Retrieved on 7th January 2022. https://www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/topics/benefits-and-money/benefits/types-of-benefit/personal-independence-payment

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