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2007 October » Blogging AS an Aspie
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Matt has Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and is writing this blog so that people can gain more of an insight into how people with the condition process thoughts, feel emotions, react to situations and generally handle life.
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12 Oct 07 Dependence

Yes, you did read that correctly. Dependence; not independence.

It can only have been 3 weeks ago (after 1 year of asking) that I was rewarded with a risk assessment for independent access to Sunderland city centre for a maximum duration of 90 minutes during daylight hours.

I have been pushed into a situation where I am reliant on a particular service provider for a lot of things. Today has just pushed me over the edge, because it has removed even more independence from me. Today, that risk assessment was suspended until further notice, and I was even informed that a multi-disciplinary team would be asked the question of “Can I ever have independence whilst I am here?” I have 20 months left here, so a “no” would devastate me; I would have nothing to aim for, trapped inside the building like a prisoner, given release only with staff escorting me.

They do have a reason for suspending the risk assessment: thanks to my so-called ‘best mate’, I was going to meet somebody who I shouldn’t in the city centre last Saturday. He was going to break his conditions on his risk assessment by going to Chichester Metro station and meeting her, but he hasn’t had any consequence. I, on the other hand, because I had “intent to break a condition of the risk assessment” have found oneself without that independent access. Getting that risk assessment took a lot of doing, and an awful lot of red tape needed to be cut through, including signatures from two psychiatrists. Now, having spent only 4 hours in the city centre independently, I do wonder whether it was worth the stress of trying to get it.

It should be noted that whilst I am at my parents’ house, I can access the local town centre, local beach, local shop, ASDA, Newcastle city centre, and Cramlington town centre on my own. I am also allowed to cook, tidy up, do my laundry, take my own medicines (including PRN such as Bonjela