Funding Cuts for DLA – The impact for those on the Autistic Spectrum

There’s a good guide available from The National Autistic Society, explaining some of the predicted impact of DLA cutbacks on those on the Autistic Spectrum.

You can click on the image to the left to read the pdf which is not too long and easy to read. It should help you to get a better understanding of the impending changes. Although the government have stated that they will not make cutbacks in the children’s DLA, our children will all grow up soon enough and you don’t want them to suddenly get benefits stripped from them when they are probably at their most needy – trying to find work, move out of home etc.

I’m finding it quite difficult to write this as after attending Wendy Lawson’s excellent talk a week or two ago, I agree with her that the term ASD – Autistic Spectrum Disorder is not a very suitable thing to say. My child does not really have a disorder, he’s different, special, and it’s a very negative thing for him to continually have the word disorder being used when referring to him. The fact that he’s Autistic, or on the Autistic Spectrum is perfectly fine without the addition of ‘disorder’. The only problem with dropping this extra word is that it doesn’t write as easily. If I wrote that my son has an ASD, then that’s pretty clear and concise. But when I write that my son is on the AS, it just sounds weird.

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