The news has broken about the DVLA making changes in their policies meaning that those on the spectrum (including those with a diagnosis of ADHD) are now required to inform them of their condition. I’m not that keen on disclosing my diagnosis to the DVLA because honesty has never resulted in positive outcomes for me. I feel that requesting this information from us is an infringement of our privacy. I’m waiting on the National Autistic Society to investigate the matter before I make my final decision. Although, I do not hold any faith that NAS can fight for our rights due to previous cases they’ve taken out against the DWP Personal Independance Payments benefit (the psychological distress ruling that hasn’t had much influence on any PIP claims until the Tribunal Stage).
I have been honest all my life about my Autistic Spectrum Condition. I have been punished in some way each time I have been up front with this information. I’m not going to just tell people about my diagnosis or any details relating to it if I’m just going to face sanctions for disclosing. I have lost so many opportunities by doing, supposedly, the ‘right thing’. I wish that I had never disclosed my diagnosis because I believe that I would have got some form of employment if I hadn’t been honest at interview stage from a young age. I wish I’d never told Education places of my diagnosis and what it entails because after I told them I was treated unfavourably. As soon as I wasn’t ‘normal’ or a ‘challenge’… I was a liability and they didn’t want to be supportive but couldn’t wait to get rid of me by any means. I believe that I have been held back from being like others who have managed to get a degree etc. I also feel that those Autistics that have achieved that success look down on me because of my intellectual issues which stops me being able to even pass level 2 Maths, let alone GCSE Maths at a grade C or above.
I also read another post today in relation to those with special needs (or additional needs, whichever term you prefer) are left to be distressed regularly by the actions of authorities. We are left traumatised by the actions of society and their inability to listen to what is leading to us being traumatised. I tried to tell the other person in my case about the restraining order causing me distress which led to me breaking it. They refused to listen and I ended up breaking it when I was distressed. This led to a completely avoidable prison sentence. The system and the other person didn’t listen to me. The court only cared about being obeyed and the other person was too busy playing the victim and being selfish to even consider how things were affecting me. Ignorance is causing huge problems in the lives of those of us that are different. If society wasn’t so ignorant and listened to us, many negative situations, like mine, could be avoided. They can’t see that things literally make us ill. The things that they won’t change made me ill. I never had health problems like I currently have until I was ground down by what happened. The stress of people not listening to me and only caring about their own needs/wants have made me ill.