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Benefit Reform And People With Autism And ASD’s

Comment 29th March 2011

Introduction

This is a personal response to the coalition governments plans to reform the benefit system mainly disability living allowance and incapacity benefit.

I speak here on behalf of the People of Britain who suffer from Autism and Autistic spectrum disorders as a sufferer of the condition myself, I feel I should write a response to the coalition government’s plans for Welfare reform.

Quoted From David Cameron www.conservatives.com “In these times of tight budgets, we need to make sure the money we do spend is better spent. If we don't we are failing disabled people and their families.”

Protection

It is the government's duty to protect the vulnerable members of society namely those of us with Autism and Autistic spectrum disorders.

The government has had a long history of failings where it comes to protecting people with autism it is my fear that with the new benefit reform system people with autism will be forced off the benefits which are a life line to us.

I fear that we will not be able to find work:

Quoted from DWP The Disability Handbook : "Adults with moderate/severe autism are unlikely to be able to live independently or be employed"

Quoted from National autistic society : "Only 15% of adults with autism are in full-time employment, but most are willing and able to work."

Quoted From David Cameron www.conservatives.com “If you or someone you love suffers from a disability, life is going to be hard a lot of the time. But I do believe there are moments of despair, helplessness and frustration that could be directly alleviated by the work of government.”

I myself as an autistic person have found it impossible to find work, However I have an high IQ which is above average and other people with intelligence levels as high as myself are more often than not found in the highest area's of society's hierarchical system.

Where as people with autistic spectrum disorders with similar intelligence levels are often found in the lowest area's of society's hierarchical systems. Which is amongst the poor and lower class.

If we are thrown off off benefits without support we will start to develop more complicated mental problems :

Quoted From David Cameron www.conservatives.com “A third of adults with autism have suffered severe mental health problems because they lack the right support”

 

Help us find work and Support Those Who Can't

I ask the coalition government to make a promise to protect us and support us:

Quoted from UK Autism Foundation : "Ivan Corea of the UK Autism Foundation has called on Prime Minister David Cameron to keep his promise that he will protect the vulnerable and the poor."

Quoted from Iain Duncan Smith Capital Gains Tax (Rates) (28 Jun 2010) "I am committed to ensuring that disabled people and carers receive the support that they deserve"

Quoted from Lord Freud Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970: 40th Anniversary — Debate "We also recognise that some disabled people will not be able to make the move into employment. If people genuinely cannot work, we will make sure they get the unconditional support they need."

I ask the Coalition government to make a promise in the words of Lord Freud, Iain Duncan Smith, Ivan Corea. Saying in a statement to the public a promise that :

“ We will make it law that: If autistic people cannot work, they will get the unconditional support they need”

“We will make it law that : If autistic people cannot work, they will not be forced from benefits into work”

For those of us who can work I ask the coalition government to destroy the barriers to work we face once and for all:

Quoted from Lord Freud Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970: 40th Anniversary — Debate "We recognise that there are some groups of disabled people, particularly people with learning difficulties, mental health conditions, and autism, who face additional barriers to employment and will need additional support to move into, or return to, work"

I ask the Coalition government to make a promise saying in a statement to the public a promise that :

“We will break the barriers autistic people face in finding employment”

“We will make it law that autistic people do not have to write a CV for employment”
“We will make it law that autistic people do not have to attend a Job Interview”
“We will make it law that autistic people can have a carer with them in employment.”
“We will make it law that autistic people can have a travel buddy to and from work”
“We will make it law that autistic people can have a scribe in work”

 

 

Carers of people with autism

Forcing our carers to find work will mean that they cannot care for us. If you do make them work then they will need to be replaced by government or council appointed carers.

Carers do a Fantastic job at helping us live independently in society:

Quoted From David Cameron www.conservatives.com “it's such a wide spectrum, from those with high functioning autism and asperger's to those who need 24-hour care”

If the carers are taken away and made to find jobs without them being replaced. People with autism will be forced into residential care homes.


I ask the Coalition government to make a promise saying in a statement to the public a promise that :

“ We will make it law that the carers of autistic people will not be removed from benefits”
“ We will make it law that the carers of autistic people will not be forced to work”
“ We will make it law that if the carers of autistic people are made to work they will be replaced with government appointed carers”

Disability and discrimination


Quoted from Disability Discrimination Act 1995

“a person has a disability for the purposes of this Act if he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.”


For the purpose of this document the above statement is to outline that a person with autism is legally disabled.
 

Quoted from Disability Discrimination Act 1995
Meaning of “discrimination”
“for a reason which relates to the disabled person’s disability, he treats him less favourably than he treats or would treat others”

In Forcing people with autism from benefits and into work the Disability Discrimination Act is broken because. The person with autism will be treated less favourably than the rest of society.

They will find it more difficult to find a job, where as the rest of society find it easy to find a job this is discrimination.

Many cannot attend a job interview or may fail it because of social difficulties. Where as the rest of society have normal social skills this is discrimination.

Many cannot use the telephone because of social phobia in order to apply for a job where as rest of society find it easy to use the telephone this is discrimination.

Many people with autism cannot write a CV which is required for employment. where as rest of society find it easy to use to write a CV this is discrimination.

Many people with autism have problems with independent travel, Many cannot drive in society people are required to drive or travel independently to work. This is discrimination because an autistic person will not be able to or have problems travelling to work.

Many people with autism have problems writing in comprehensible English and this would effect there work quality. Where as other people in society have no problems with this. This is discrimination
 

 A Personal Statement from me

I end this document with a personal statement from myself:

Although I suffer from Autism I am an excellent photographer I would be of value to the arts industry. However I am met with huge barriers, I would love to be self employed as a freelance photographer or to work as a photographer in society and contribute my art and creative skills to society.

However I find the way the hierarchical system of society and the Social order in which society works is a barrier.

In essence I feel like an alien who was born on the wrong planet and the systems in place are alien to me and I find it near impossible to find my way in such a hostile and complicated environment.

I am sure my one voice reflects the voice and feelings of the autistic community as a whole. It is not often autistic people stand up and speak out themselves.

I have chosen to do this because I feel although all the views and educated opinions of the professionals and experts on autism are very valid, Nothing compares to a “Real” autistic persons views.

I feel because I suffer from the condition then I am the most qualified person to talk about it and no medical qualifications with replace the first hand experience that comes with living with the condition itself.

Why does this matter?

This is a personal response to the coalition government’s plans to reform the benefit system mainly disability living allowance and incapacity benefit.

I speak here on behalf of the People of Britain who suffer from Autism and Autistic spectrum disorders as a sufferer of the condition myself, I feel I should write a response to the coalition government’s plans for Welfare reform.

I have chosen to do this because I feel although all the views and educated opinions of the professionals and experts on autism are very valid, Nothing compares to a “Real” autistic persons views.

I feel because I suffer from the condition then I am the most qualified person to talk about it and no medical qualifications with replace the first hand experience that comes with living with the condition itself.


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