This article will take a look at how PIP helps people with autism and what difficulties people with autism face when trying to qualify for this non-taxable benefit. The article will also talk about what PIP is and describe what autism is like.
PIP For Autism – Is It Available?
PIP benefits are also granted to autistic individuals who are affected by this condition to an extent where they are unable to perform their everyday activities in an effective or complete manner.
However, in some cases the assessment carried out by PIP health professionals are not able to recognize the symptoms that autisitc people have; furthermore, autistic people do not have the awareness of what they need to convey to health professionals that are assessing them to determine whether or not they qualify for such benefits.
Hence it is very important that the person who fills the form is well aware of how to communicate their disability that is caused due to autism. In the upcoming section we will provide tips on how to fill the PIP form and behave during the health assessment.
Tips For Form Filling
When it comes to filling the form for PIP, autistis people should keep the following in mind:
- Talk about autism as if the other person has never heard of it
- Mention all of your symptoms even if they seem insignificant to you
- Explain in detail how your condition affects your everyday routine
- Get help from a professional when it comes to filling the form in the right way
- Attach documents that give a better idea of how your autism adversely affects you
Here are some other tips – in the next section – when it comes to conveying your symptoms in an efficient manner so your health assessor can truly determine whether or not you need PIP benefits.
How To Qualify For The PIP Assessment?
There are some steps you can follow to ensure your true condition is properly conveyed to your concerned health professional. Also, you must have knowledge of various symptoms you may experience so that you can include them in your forms or the information you send over to the DWP. It is very important for autistic people to go through these pointers!
Talk About Your Symptoms
Regardless of how you feel or what you think, your symptoms are what really make the difference! If the condition is affecting you in a physical manner or affects your behaviour then your doctor as well as your employer are more likely to become convinced that your case is serious!
It is important that you talk about your symptoms in detail. Whether it is a headache or a minor cut that appeared on your body – talk about it. Sometimes we take things for granted but they have a relation to what we feel, think or experience.
The DSM-5 divides symptoms of autism into two categories: problems with communication and social interaction, and restricted or repetitive patterns of behavior or activities.
Problems with communication and social interaction include:
- issues with communication, including difficulties sharing emotions, sharing interests, or maintaining a back-and-forth conversation
- issues with nonverbal communication, such as trouble maintaining eye contact or reading body language
- difficulties developing and maintaining relationships
Restricted or repetitive patterns of behavior or activities include:
- repetitive movements, motions, or speech patterns
- rigid adherence to specific routines or behaviors
- an increase or decrease in sensitivity to specific sensory information from their surroundings, such as a negative reaction to a specific sound fixated interests or preoccupations
- Individuals are evaluated within each category and the severity of their symptoms is noted.
In order to receive an ASD diagnosis, a person must display all three symptoms in the first category and at least two symptoms in the second category.
Be Open About Your Feelings
Feelings also matter a lot! One of the most important feelings is that of happiness – it is a universal way to measure your quality of life. However, sometimes we are not happy but unhappy, sad, anxious and stressed out! This can take a toll on our body because how we feel eventually affects our physiological state! Autism can affect us so much that feelings revolve around it!
It is important you clearly tell your doctor what stresses you out or makes your autistic symptoms worse. This will enable them to determine whether or not you require PIP benefits! Hence, once they have enough information about how you feel and what experiences you have, they are in a better position to get you PIP benefits.
Clearly State Why You Need PIP
It is important that you convey what you want your doctor to do – in this case it is getting PIP.
Your doctor must be told why you want PIP benefits and how it will improve your basic quality of life.
Listen To What The Doctor Has To Say
Last but not least, listening to the doctor’s advice is quite important. They are in a better position to tell you what to do. In some cases they will immediately help you get PIP. In other situations they will tell you to wait a bit longer because they may need more evidence.
Book Follow Up Appointments
Show your doctor you are serious and are really in need of help by visiting them regularly! They will see the desperation and help you!
What Is PIP?
PIP stands for Personal Independence Pay that is a non-taxable benefit which can be availed by people who suffer from a long term condition or injury that affects their daily life activities and mobility.
This means they cannot walk properly or carry out simple or basic tasks such as eating properly or doing simple well being tasks like taking a bath. This benefit is given to people not based on the condition itself but the way it affects the person and their life activities.
It takes quite some time because of the information the concerned department has to process with regards to your case. In this case, the concerned department is the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which will make a decision after you have completed your medical assessment and have sent in other relevant documents such as your claims and the notes made by the health professional during or with regards to your medical assessment.
Thus, the following 3 sources of information are taking into consideration:
- Your Claim
- Your Medical Assessment
- Health Professionals Comments
To process all this information and make a decision, the DWP takes about 12 weeks to get back to you!
To avail PIP you need to be checked by a health professional and undergo some sort of medical assessment as well as fill a form. This assessment has two components to it that affect what you get.
These two components are:
- Daily Living Part: The weekly rate for the daily living part of PIP is either £60.00 or £89.60.
- Mobility Part: The weekly rate for the mobility part of PIP is either £23.70 or £62.55.
- Terminal Illness: You’ll get the higher daily living part if you’re not expected to live more than 6 months. The rate of the mobility part depends on your needs.
What you get depends not on the illness but the extent to how much it affects you. It is observed whether or not you are affected by this illness and if so how much; are you able to perform daily tasks or not and can you move from one place easily or not.
Criteria For PIP
The criteria consider the difficulties you have and the help you need in the following areas.
- preparing food (including needing prompting or supervision to cook) taking nutrition (which means eating, including needing prompting or supervision)
- managing therapy or monitoring a health condition (including needing reminding to take medication)
- washing and bathing (including needing prompting or supervision to wash)
- managing toilet needs or incontinence (including needing prompting or supervision)
- dressing and undressing (including needing prompting)
- communicating verbally (including needing communication support)
- reading and understanding signs, symbols, and words (including needing prompting to read or understand written information)
- engaging with other people face-to-face (which means being able to interact in an appropriate manner, understand body language and establish relationships)
- making budgeting decisions (which includes the need for assistance when planning a budget or managing and paying bills).
- planning and following a journey (including needing prompting or assistance to make a journey)
- moving around (this looks at physical ability to move around).
This article took an in depth look at how autistic people qualify for the PIP assessment and what difficulties or hurdles they face. Furthermore, the article explained why autistic people may not be able to get such benefits; hence it provided guidelines and tips for passing the assessment effectively so they can get benefits. The article also highlighted the symptoms of autism and explained to the readers what PIP basically is.