As a supporter of the National Autistic Society living in the area, I am extremely concerned about the Government’s Disability Living Allowance (DLA) reforms.
The reform means people with autism will have to undergo a stringent face-to-face assessment in order to claim this vital benefit.
Autism is a ‘hidden’ disability and, unless assessors have specific training in the condition, it is very likely the needs of people with autism will be misunderstood or overlooked.
I would like to appeal to our local MP to bring this issue to parliament in line with the National Autistic Society’s Who Benefits? Campaign, which puts forward the following four points aimed at protecting society’s most vulnerable:
l People should not have to go through a face-to-face assessment if they already have sufficient evidence about their autism from previous assessments
You may also want to watch:
l People with autism experience a variety of difficulties with daily life. The Government must make sure that these are reflected in the new assessment.
l Assessors must be trained so that they understand autism and how to talk to someone with autism, and can make a fair assessment of that person’s needs
- 1 Young stage stars tell magical story of Matilda
- 2 Supermarket chain planning four new stores in East Devon
- 3 New meeting place needed for nattering knitters
- 4 Century celebrations ahead for wartime evacuee Joan
- 5 Fantastic fight night return for local boxing
- 6 Exmouth's 'kite twins' triumph in national freestyle championships
- 7 Photographers invited to share their favourite images
- 8 Explanation needed for failure to fulfil election pledge
- 9 It's official - Devon is one of the most popular places to live
- 10 GP teams have seen 14% increase on pre-pandemic levels
l The Government must not abolish mobility component of DLA for people living in residential care
I urge others in the area to take action now by visiting www.autism.org.uk/whobenefits.
Ms Jane Fereday
28a Park Road, Exmouth.