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27 Feb 2011, 6:02 pm

Has anyone found a way to get any sort of support?

I've been unemployed for three years, for the first two and a half years I was ignored by the job centre so I had no choice but to inform them of being an aspie to ask for support, this resulted in a big mess of being sent to ESA and them being prejudice morons about the whole thing - I still need to make a formal complaint about this, but not sure how and citizens advice don't seem to understand to be able to help. I'm back on JSA now and I'm seeing a disability adviser - everyone said a disability adviser would be a huge help, but so far he's less use than the other advisers and has no knowledge of asperger's to know how to help, all he does is a job search for retail jobs.

I NEED support to get back into work, the only people I know who give support are Shaws Trust but they only support people who are on ESA or DLA, thus they won't help me. It's not just being aspie but because I was fired from my last job (wrongfully) and been unemployed for so long I'm a bit stuck, I can't even get a voluntary job, and in the three years of being unemployed I've only had five interviews - no one will even help me with this, let alone help me overcome the aspie issues preventing me from getting back into work.

I've had a few people suggest NAS, but that's no help as I don't know how to use an organisation like that to get help - bear in mind I have no formal diagnosis yet, and I struggle using a telephone so can't call round to try to find help.

Surely there must be some sort of support from somewhere??! :cry:


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04 Mar 2011, 2:07 pm

Try Remploy - Clicky

If your disability advisor at the JC is no use then make an appointment with one at another branch - I'd probably tell them the other one is useless or you might end up in trouble for switching.
If there isn't another branch local to you try making a list of: what your abilities are, what you would like to do, what you definitely cannot do and hand it to him.



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04 Mar 2011, 3:10 pm

Kirsty_84 wrote:
Try Remploy - Clicky

If your disability advisor at the JC is no use then make an appointment with one at another branch - I'd probably tell them the other one is useless or you might end up in trouble for switching.
If there isn't another branch local to you try making a list of: what your abilities are, what you would like to do, what you definitely cannot do and hand it to him.


Can you move to another branch?
I tried to get CAB to tell me if it was possible or not after my old adviser referred to me as 'mentally incapable' and told me she was going to force me off JSA - I tried explaining to CAB I didn't want to have to see her again, and after having a meltdown as a result going to that job centre was an issue, but they didn't seem to get what I was asking. :?


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04 Mar 2011, 5:13 pm

I moved to another branch with no problems. I just explained the advisor I was seeing didn't appear to understand my needs. Maybe I was lucky?

No-one should be allowed to say you're 'mentally incapable' (and you certainly don't sound as if you are!) - that's terrible. I wouldn't want to see that advisor again either.



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04 Mar 2011, 8:10 pm

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I moved to another branch with no problems. I just explained the advisor I was seeing didn't appear to understand my needs. Maybe I was lucky?

No-one should be allowed to say you're 'mentally incapable' (and you certainly don't sound as if you are!) - that's terrible. I wouldn't want to see that advisor again either.


Maybe. Half the problem of this whole thing is that no one seems to know anything, not CAB, not the job centre, no one seems to be able to advise me (or anyone else in that case). No one can tell me what support I can get, what ESA actually involves and if I should be on it, how to avoid seeing that adviser again, if I can swap job centres, etc. even the most basic information about job hunting such as where to get careers advice, how to get onto part-time courses, how to get voluntary jobs, etc. no one seems able to help with. It's frustrating.

Yeah, I've decided I will refuse to see that adviser, even if it means having to walk out or talk to the supervisor if they do make me sit with her, and if they then use this as an excuse to kick me off JSA I'll appeal. I've been meaning to get round to making a complaint - wrote a letter to my MP including this experience to highlight problems with the system, particularly for those of us on the spectrum...my MP passed this onto the job centre as if it was a complaint...job centre replied to the MP lying through their teeth about the whole thing, no apology, and implying I was being awkward. So that's complicated matters all the more.

Sorry, whining/babbling.


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05 Mar 2011, 12:12 pm

I find that the job centre lot don't really care to help you from my experience. I'm glad they're losing their jobs, the useless tossers.

Agencies like Remploy are decent though.



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06 Mar 2011, 6:41 pm

Feel free to whinge - I was in your position a few years ago. I was on JSA, hated every minute of signing on, espeically when I had to explain to different advisors each week what AS is and how it affects me. This was despite them having notes in front of them, it was like they were testing me every fortnight.

I had my 12 week JSA interview and the woman said, when I again explained what AS is: "I think I might have that ..."

For me it's the worst thing anyone could possibly say, it riles me soo much!

Try charity shops for voluntary work - a few hours here and there is better than nothing.



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12 Mar 2011, 9:22 am

RandomSniper wrote:
I find that the job centre lot don't really care to help you from my experience. I'm glad they're losing their jobs, the useless tossers.

Agencies like Remploy are decent though.


You should try this set of arsewipes in the Finnish job centres... useless to a single one of them.

We have no Remploy type thing here.