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Trying to get a disabled persons bus pass for a 21 year old who is diagnosed as autistic.

 

I am having a problem obtaining this pass as SCC claim that I have applied on the grounds of learning difficulty and that he is significantly below nation average intelligence.

 

I have repeatedly spoken SCC and told them that his application cannot be based on this as he is doing a degree course and on this criteria would obviously fail. His application should be considered on the areas of impairment that make bus use so difficult.

 

However the application failed on the grounds of intelligence and a complete disregard of the assessment made by the Disabled Students Allowance assessor that he is supported financially to use a taxi (which he gets). There are several other errors in fact.

 

Are autistic people able to get a bus pass?

Any advice /examples would be gratefully received.

He does not get 'treatment'.

He is not "under" the doctor.

He has had excellent support help and guidance from Hillsborough College who have really been the agency of support.

 

He wants to be independent and ironically will not need a disabled pass when appropriate smart cards are introduced.

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My daughter used her letter of diagnosis from the autism service given to her when she was diagnosed in 2009,plus a letter from her G.P.I don't know if the GP letter alone would have done.

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As there has been a change in procedure I would recommend that anyone who has been refused should apply again or resubmit as a complaint.

A basis used for refusal has been on a misinterpretation of "intellectual ability".

This criteria has been linked with IQ thus preventing pupils and students being accepted.

Guidelines used from 2006 have been superseded by the 2010 act and how young adults are supported.

Case registration is not required and will need to review their dealings with ASD.

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I know bus passes for disabled children are based on what level of DLA they receive, is it not the same for adults?

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I know bus passes for disabled children are based on what level of DLA they receive, is it not the same for adults?

 

Sheffield, like other awarding bodies base their criteria on interpretations of the 2006 DfT guidelines.

Being in receipt of various awards, treatments and support allow the issue of a bus pass.

However there are autistic people who have no specialist help or qualify for financial support but are clearly disabled from accessing public transport under the 2010 act.

My suggestion was that autism people who have been refused in the past could be allowed one now.

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Thanks for posting about this. The provision of disabled person's bus pass for children/people with ASD has been very hit and miss within Sheffield for some time. I agree with your suggestion about re-applying. Thanks

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I would need a bit of clarification on this. My son has a free bus pass due to him needing someone travel with him and qualifies due to his DLA award. However as a ASC is a complex condition not everyone has the same needs or issues. If he is able to catch the bus alone I'm not sure why he would need to travel for free and should access the same services available to all ie student TM.

 

He may qualify for financial assistance toward travel via his place of study.

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Renewing ENCTS disability pass for Autistic person

The process has taken a lot longer than expected. Having applied online in October we will not get the pass until January. 

 

To renew I will need another letter of entitlement.

 

Getting a new one proved to be a lot harder than expected because:

 

1 Whoever reads the online application claims to need a CASE registration to proceed.

2 No attempt was made to review the original application.

3 Reply referred to ' psychosis' and driving license.

4 Appeal 'lost' due to technical problems.

5 Appeal reinstated but no contact made.

6  Got through to a sympathetic receptionist. Appropriate dept. phoned back -very helpfull. Took documents down. Sorted. Now waiting for SYPTE.  Estimate 25 days!

 

Apply early!

 

 

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