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Asperger Syndrome - Is it a LEGAL disability?

please can someone let me know if AS if classified as a 'legal' disability


  • Yiman60
    Yiman60 Member Posts: 95 Connected

    Its a recognised neurodevelopmental illness.  
  • jamieknight
    jamieknight Member Posts: 10 Listener

    Sorry neither of the above are technically correct. I deal with this stuff for my job, apologies for being a bit boring.

    Autism / ASD /  Aspergers are neurodevelopment conditions as defined in ID10 and DSM-V (medial manuals). They are NOT an illness or a disease, thats a very different classification.

    Part of being autistic is having impairments. It is diagnose by the presence of impairments in communication, social skills and flexibility. For example, i have impaired speech and most of the time cannot speak. An impairment may be a disability in some circumstances and thus the person becomes "disabled".

    For the purposes of UK law having a formal diagnoses of Aspergers or any else means you have a legally recognised impairment.

    If you applying for benefits, you have to prove that the impairments are disabling in your day to day life.

    For most autistic people, one aspect of impairment due to being autistic will result in becoming disabled somehow (normally executive functioning skills etc) but Aspergers / ASD / Autism alone is not considered a disability.

    Hope that helps, sorry its a bit complicated.

    Kind Regards,

    Jamie + Lion

  • Sam_Alumni
    Sam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,676 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks @jamieknight - does this help you @rainbow1 ?
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