What would happen if?


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Neil

Am sorry to trouble you, but I often have sleep and fatigue problems
which can impair my performance in jobs, I have been sacked for not
being competant and sometimes being not able to do the most basic
tasks or taking anything in despite being verbally intelligent. I have
actually been diagnosed with a disorder known as Asperger Syndrome (A
form of milder autism). I think that my job placement over a year ago
at the National Autistic Society would have been the same, had it not
been the fact that it was the NAS as I found it very hard to
understand and do many of the tasks I was given and did not understand
the environment that I was working in - which has been the case for
nearly all jobs i have been in. Could not take much in and process at
all. I am better and more productive at clearly defined routine tasks,
and not vague instructions or chaos.

I stopped studying a few years ago to gain more experience of work,
mostly unsuccessfully, and have now gone back into finishing my
qualification. It is a part-time course, but I find that taking in
information and studying takes much longer than it should, so have to
study near to full time. Am going to apply for volunteering for two
days a week to help with the CV and also have time for the studies.
Although I have high verbal intelligence, find it hard to process
things and take things and information in.

I am very much financially dependent on my father and if my parents or
no longer around, then I will have to find perhaps unsuitable work and
end up in the same situation - i am very scared of the world out
there- i also cannot survive on JSA which is £40 a week. (Have done it
once before)

The last few days i have been extremely worried and have burst into
tears about my prospects. I have been to see my GP about my alertness
and sleep, along with current huge anxiety, which is all about an
insecure future. I have recently been prescribed medication and
sessions with a psychologist (Obsessions are part of my condition,
which i wish i could get shot of.) I will have to "alter" my CV to
make me look employable to a degree. And if i cannot solve the fatigue
difficulty, will have a vicous circle which may drag me into
unemployment or poor employment where i get bullied, or having to take
any work which I am quite unsuited for, such as customer serivces or
shop cashiering - which i am not competant to do as my mental
arithmetic is not great and can be slow. I am also not good at hostile
or "busy" situations.

Will continue with my studies, and try to finish them for now but if
the worst comes to worst I may not be able to do that as I need money
to live, which at the moment comes from my father. I am going to go to
my local DIAL centre at some point, which I have been advised to do
elsewhere, about benefit entitlement while studying. I just hope I can
get enough to survive on at least for it to be of some help.

If i find myself on a low income job, which has been the case so far,
would i be able to claim benefits to help with living costs, and
would it actually make a "real" financial difference?

Would also like to ask that if a disaster does happen, where i have to
stop studying and cannot find work or hold down work for whatever
reason- finding myself in a financial situation where i cannot pay any
bills and end up on the verge of being evicted and homeless, and have
no one else to rely on - i would like to know what i need to do before
this happens? Would this situation be covered by benefits and other
forms of assistance, and if so is it possible to surivive properly on
them or would they be at very low levels, do people fall through this?
I would not survive on the street or in a homeless centre where
attacks on vulnerable people happen often. I know I should not
prejudge, but this situation is much more likely to happen to people
with an autism spectrum disorder, with related concentration,
tiredness and anxiety / coping problems.

It took me over an hour to write this posting to include everything
that needed to be covered, so apologies for the length. Hope you are
all well.

Best Wishes

Neil
 
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nicky

Neil said:
Am sorry to trouble you, but I often have sleep and fatigue problems
which can impair my performance in jobs, I have been sacked for not
being competant and sometimes being not able to do the most basic
tasks or taking anything in despite being verbally intelligent. I have
actually been diagnosed with a disorder known as Asperger Syndrome (A
form of milder autism).
Neil
I can't help much other than to say I hope you do manage to find a solution.
We have friends with a young son who has just received a diagnosis of
Aspergers with ADHD, he is now taking Ritalin which has helped tremendously
with the ADHD. I understand fully how you feel about being in new and
confusing situations as even the slightest change in routine will provoke an
extreme response in my friend's son.
If I recall correctly having a diagnosis of Aspergers should be enough to
have you "classed" as disabled. I know that is probably a depressing thought
but it should allow you to claim DLA and other benefits. That may be a route
that you could look into as a safety net if finding and keeping a job proves
too difficult.

I think your post was eloquent, thought provoking and I wish you all the
best..

Nicky
 
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Ted Hutchinson

Snip < problems of mental illness and dependency on benefits>

fairly comprehensive answer given at
http://www.youreable.com/forums/thread.jsp?forum=1&thread=8527
It took me over an hour to write this posting to include everything
If you learn't to SELECT by holding you left mouse key while moving
the mouse over the relevant text. COPY by using the Ctrl and C keys
and PASTE by using the Ctrl and V keys you could have moved your post
from that forum to this without retyping.

However perhaps there are further or alternative suggestions to my
counter my rather pessimistic offering.
 
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Selkie

snip
I saw something on TV a few weeks back and complete avoidance of Wheat and
Lactose and some other foods helped two boys in the same family. Maybe worth
trying the Autism Society.

selkie
 
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Ted Hutchinson

(e-mail address removed) (Neil) wrote in message
Snip < Problems arising from mental health condition and claiming
benefits/working>

A further perhaps more positive idea would be to contact those
experienced in helping those with Mental Health problems find
sheltered or appropriate work.
An example would be the Shaw Trust
http://www.shaw-trust.org.uk/index.php but if you contacted your
Jobcentre Disability Employment Officer they might be able to provide
a local contact.
 
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