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Equal rights for people with neuropsychatric diagnosis like adhd and asperpergs!

I am a male swedish highscool teacher, 35years of age, diagnosed with asperger’s syndrome and adhd as an adult. Since I has chose to be open about my diagnosis to reduce predujice and sometimes get support from society I have been subjected to discrimination numerous times from among others: Swedish authorities, Swedish schools and Swedish counties. The treatment of people with these conditions is a true modern human rights disaster! On the 1st of may 2017 for the first time In my life, I therefore chose to march with a sign saying “equal rights despite ADHD, Asperger’s” to press the importance of these issues! I marched together with my dear comrades in the beautiful and sunny city of Borås in Sweden! Shortly after the march, I showed papers from Swedish Social Security Authorities denying me a disability equal to 25% reduction of full time working ability. Authorities mock me for having Asperger’s syndrome and consider that the right job for me would be something within my areas of interests, where I have little or no contact with people, and all days are predictable and free of stress! Please let met get back to this pressing and very important issue once again when I have time! By this post I hope to inspire other young social democats around in Europe to work for human rights for people who have conditions like Asperger’s, ADHD and so son. I also hope to inspire other grassroot politicians like me who also might have neuropsyhicatric conditions like ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, Dyslexia, Tourettes syndrome and so on to come foward and help in the struggle for equal rights! Regards Rikard Grossman-Nielsen
2 years, 3 months ago in Social Europe
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Equal rights for people with neuropsychatric diagnosis like adhd and asperpergs!

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Please let me get back to this forum in due time with, general suggestions in a positive sense, on how conditions for people with neuropsychiatric conditions can be improved in Europe using the thoughts and visions of social Europe. That way people with and without these conditions can work together to better these conditions in Europe, like my vision of what EU should be, people of all backgrounds working together towards common goals. Regards Rikard Grossman-Nielsen

2 years, 3 months ago in Social Europe

Now I let me post an update concercining my struggle against Swedish Social Security authorities and my personal struggle for people with ADHD and Aspergers’. I have have reported the Swedish Social Security office to a Swedish Authority, “Diskrimineringsombudsmannen” that oversees discrimination. So far this authority has not made contact with me to possibly further investigate my case, I’m very disappointed in the fact that this authority has not made contact with me since the discrimination I have been subjected to is of a serious nature and is committed by a large Swedish authority, There are two possible reasons for the authorities not pursing my case further, 1.Lack of resources, the have to prioritize cases where they have a good chance to win. 2.My case doesn’t all within the area of Swedish anti discrimination laws. If the reason is either number 1 or 2 they anti discrimination auhoritiy should have fowarded this case to antother Swedish Auhtoirity that oversees that Swedish authorities follows due process called “Justitie Ombudsmannen” As usual I will probably need to make a report for myself to “Justtite Ombudsmannen” and hope that they might be able to further look into my case. I have found a lawyer that can give me some legal advice concerning my application for disability currently the case is going to a court in Växjö called “Förvaltningsrätten i Växjö”. If the court will rule in my favor or not remains to be seen. If the would not rule in my favor the legal and human rights consequences are quiet severe. It would in practice mean that people who are teachers and have Aspergers’ syndrome and not entitled to freely choose jobs and can’t rely on the welfare system if they don’t have the capacity to work full time while teachers, who have some other type of disability such as a physical one still can rely on the welfare system. A few more of my comrades in the workers movement has thankfully realized that there is something wrong with the how the system in Sweden process applications for disability concerning neuropshyciatric disorders.

1 year, 10 months ago in Social Europe

When it comes to discrimination on a more general level I have asked my fellow comrades to think about why people with Asperger’s are no longer allowed to have certain professions such as an engine driver and other professions. If nothing happens I will probably need to take address this issue in the International Labor Agency and other forums. I will also in time write to the appropriate forums in EU that deals with social security legislation and human rights concerning how I and others are treated by social security authorities in Sweden. The EU could be as a tool to prevent discrimination by introducing union wide anti discrimination laws that forbids discrimination of people with disabilities in the labor market. Of course these laws would need to have large fines to be effective. Therefore my suggestion is that if a corporation or organization is found guilty of discrimination in the labor market it would need to pay substantial fines both to the European union and the party that has been discriminated. I would also urge the European union to use funds from the European Social Fund to improve conditions in the labor market for people with neuropsychiatric disorders like Aspergers and ADHD. If I can prevent it I will not accepted to be discriminated against just because I have have Aspergers’ and ADHD. I will get back on this issue when something new happens and continue my personal struggle within this area. Regards Richard

1 year, 10 months ago in Social Europe

It’s become time for me again to return to the topic on how people with neuropsychiatric conditions are treated by amongst others Swedish authorities.I have appealed the verdict denying me disabilities on grounds that people with autism shouldn’t work with teaching or people. So far two courts of appeals have reviewed the case without examining the legal or medical documentation which I have submitted in depth. So even in courts which sometimes reexamines legal cases where the social security authorities have denied people disabilities. After reexamination of cases sometimes they have overturned decision made by the social security authorities. My medical documentation clearly states that I compensate for the difficulties of social interaction through conscious processing of social interaction as many other adult people on the spectrum. If you would meet me you would notice that I’m actually a quiet outgoing person and I can often be found in the podium giving speeches on different political issues. It’s important to understand that Autism and ADHD come in many different variants and each person have their strengths and weakness. Some people with Autism may prefer working in solitude with for example computers and mathematics and can be make great contributions in society in this way, but I feel I can make the best contributions to society rather by teaching mathematics and computing. So it seems that the opinion of the Swedish court system seems to be that people with autism shouldn’t teach. In the case of Swedish Engine Driver being suspended from driving trains Professor Gillberg, a word renowned expert on Autism, said a diagnosis of Autism is never enough to deny a person entry into a profession but rather that an individual assessment has to be made. In this case the train driver was reinstated and was awarded damages for discrimination, the question is why the same legal argument can’t be applied to my and other cases concerning applications for disabilities? More of my friends in the workers movement in Sweden are beginning to see this point and more needs to be done to give people with Asperger’s, ADHD and other similar conditions a better situation in the welfare state of Sweden. //Richard an Autistic and Hyperactive social democratic grass root.

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7 months, 3 weeks ago in Social Europe

Recently the Swedish Social Democrats held their congress in the city of Örebro. The chair of the European social democrats was invited to talk about the topic of legal certainty among other things. Sweden is a constitutional state where legal certainty is supposedly a very important principle. Then it’s my question if it’s suitable according to these principles that Swedish transportation authorities banned people with Asperger’s’ from driving train after a court found the discrimination of an engine driver with Asperger’s’ syndrome unlawful. When this authority lost the case where tried banning an engine driver with Asperger’s’ from driving trains, they removed to possible of getting a waiver for driving or working on trains if you have for example ADHD or Aspergers’ however getting a waiver if you have a medicated heart condition is no problem. Especially if find this issue very important with the upcoming EU elections in mind. And what if the fantastic Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg with Asperger’s’ hade a dream of driving or working on trains?, unfortunately she would not be able to get a waiver according to the current rules! #aspergers #discrimination #consitutional state #eu #election #greta #thunberg #legal certainty

5 months ago in Social Europe

In this post I’m going to present a short summary of the verdict where the train driver was a awarded damages for being suspended for driving trains, he also obtained a waiver for driving trains and was reinstated. Link to article on the case in Swedish: https://lagensomverktyg.se/2018/fackforbund-funktionsdiskriminering/. It states among other things. “According to paragraph 18 of the swedish regulations for railways waivers can be obtained”, “After the verdict the transport deparment has added Asperger’s and ADHD to the list” Summary of the verdict and the verdict itself can be found in this link: http://databas.infosoc.se/rattsfall/27042# Translation of the summary. The ruling of the court is based that he Swedish transportation department made a decision based on stereotypes concerning Asperger’s syndrome just as my previously described case. “The court decided that the decision of the Transportation department was very brief and that the statement were general. Through these statement it was clear that the transportation department not properly made a individual assessment of the workers ability to perform work with high standards of safety. Through this process the worker was treated worse than other workers in the same situation and this discrimination had a connection to the workers disability. The court found that the transportation department was guilty of direct discrimination towards the worker in its decision as well as in the process of appeal that followed. The transportation department is ordered through the court to pay damages of 100 000 Swedish crowns to the worker.” #aspergers #discrimination #consitutional state #eu #election #greta #thunberg #legal certainty

5 months ago in Social Europe

These two posts can be found as a downloadable article can be found at my website: http://www.ittjanstgnr.se/politics/pesAspergerTrains.pdf

5 months ago in Social Europe

Let me also share the fantastic words about me from the Swedish Social Security Authorities. They thought I should get a job within my area/areas of interests, where all days are virtually the same, with little or no human contact, totally free of stress. I was about 35 years of age when I got to hear these words and had at that time a well developed sense of my strengths and weaknesses, but what If I had I had been 18 or 20 years and followed their advice. Then I most certainly not would have become engaged in grass root politics and being able to advocate change for myself and others with Aspergers, Autism, ADHD and other conditions. I will get back to this thread again and update it again on similar things. Regards Richard

5 months ago in Social Europe

Dear Rikard, Your insights and updates are always an interesting read. Thank you for contributing to the discussion and for not giving up on fighting for equality!

5 months ago in Social Europe

Thank for you comment it warms my heart 🙂 I will continue my struggle for equal rights for people with Asperger’s’ and ADHD. This Thursday I asked the Swedish minister of Eu affairs and the number one candidate why people with Asperger’s’ can’t drive trains or work as train conductors anymore. I’m eagerly awaiting their answer 🙂 The Swedish Prime minister aslo spoke warmly about Greta Thunberg and her activism in the European parliament last week, I just hope he can help make a change of regulations so that people with Asperger’s’ once again can work on trains in Sweden 🙂 Regards Richard

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