Tagged: Assessment

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The Missing Piece of the Puzzle

This year I was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – alternatively known as autism spectrum condition (ASC). This diagnosis was not a surprise to me. In my head and heart, I have known for a long time – this was just the professional confirmation and validation I needed. I’m in my 30s now, and it pains me that my life could have been more successful had I been given this diagnosis in childhood. Sadly, a lack of awareness or education around the condition meant nobody ever identified my struggles, which led to me going without the support and understanding I so desperately needed until it was too late. Essentially, people assumed I was getting along just fine, so they decided that I wouldn’t need any support in life. Oh, how wrong they were.

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The Results Are In…

I recently received the dreaded brown envelope in the post: the verdict from my Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment. I had been told it could take up to 8 weeks for a decision to come through, so I wasn’t expecting anything for a while yet…

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My Dreadful Experience of a DWP Independence Assessment

Generally, I don’t talk about my private life online, but I recently had an unpleasant experience that has distressed me enough that I feel the need to write about it.

I’m not writing with the intention that monumental change is going to follow or that nobody else will ever have to go through something similar. I don’t have a loud enough voice for that sort of thing. This is purely a statement on how it made me feel because I need to get it off my chest in detail.

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