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Need Help getting approved for AISH

I applied for aish, got denied did an appeal and did get refused.

Iwas wondering if anyone has any imput to help me getting approved when re-applying. My Doctor is behind me 100%.

The medical conditions I have are the following: Fibromyalgia, Major Depressive Disorder with Psychotic Features, Genralizes and Social Anxiety Disorder.. Having these they told me I can work, that i could find an employer that would hire me and work around my my problems, but I know they are wrong. So any info I can get to help me would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Has your doctor written a letter stating you can’t work? If not, have them do that. Get letters from every professional involved in your care. Have them detail every single reason why you can’t work.

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  2. Keep looking for jobs until you find a right one, leave that service programs for people who really needs them, I know a lot of you will get upset about this comment but please people, stop exploiting these services

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  3. I know how hard it is to go out with social anxiety.

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  4. Appeal again…my nephew had to try 3 times before finally being accepted

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  5. Your doctor had to submit paperwork. If you were denied it is because you do not meet the criteria. Not every mental or physical illness means one can qualify for AISH. It is assistance for the SEVERELY handicapped or ill (as it name states). With treatment (medication, therapy, life style changes, etc) many illnesses can be managed and not impact one’s ability to work or earn income. An employer may need to be aware of the issues to accommodate and be understanding.
    If you were denied even after an appeal it is because you do not qualify and you should look at other options. Alberta Supports may be able to help you with finding the right employment/employer. Also, work with your doctor on finding the right treatment combinations.

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  6. Another strategy is to go on welfare, get referred to an employment counseling program (which could increase your monthly allowance); if your condition makes it difficult to complete the program, it will force your caseworker’s hand to advocate for AISH approval.

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  7. Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

    i’m pretty sure they denied you TWICE for a reason. The reason being you ARE able to work. Just because you don’t get the answer you want doesn’t make the professionals wrong. Lots of people with “disabilities” far worse than yours manage to work.

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    • So that gives you the right to judge this person why?

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    • Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

      Remy Frederick It’s called exploitation of our social services and people are sick of it. They rely on people like you and other fools in government agencies to allow them to screw the system, while others with legit problems get pushed aside. Been happening for years now. The key word in AISH is “severe”. Obviously the poster doesn’t meet the criteria. Are they “judging” the poster? No they aren’t. So keep your liberal bullshit to yourself next time. Idiot

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    • Until you have the flu 24 hrs a day(minus the fever and cough) and in so much pain EVERYTHING hurts, the extreme exhaustion and the myriad of extra problems that come with fibro, you should keep your opinions to yourself

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    • Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

      Leann Emblin Payuk If that was a legit medical issue then the poster wouldn’t be denied now would they….maybe you should take your own advice there.

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    • Man I wish I could’ve been born an ignorant privileged jack ass like you Marc Cornies.

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    • I suggest you stick to your opinions on the top 40 and let us adults discuss and help with these issues.

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    • Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

      Sorry to burst your bubble princess, but I wasn’t born privileged, I worked my ass off to get what I have. And I’m only ignorant to people who deserve it.

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    • Annette Wood Annette Wood says:

      Marc Cornies Canada isn’t with the times yet. In U.S Fibro is a disability. I have Fibromyalgia and can barely function but I’m sure there would be no help for me. I work because I have no choice but I’m in a lot of pain

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    • Ahhh you are one of those people who cannot put themselves in someone elses shoes so you are a waste of the little energy I have today. One day if you ever get a chronic illness I hope you are surrounded by more compassionate people then you cause you’ll need them.

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    • Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

      Remy Frederick Why you getting your panties all knotted up? Don’t you have a protest to go to or a women’s luncheon? Hahaha

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    • Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

      Annette Wood You may be correct, and congrats. But like you say, you deal with it. Which is more than most people do.

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    • They actually deny almost everyone, they bank on the fact most ppl give up. I had a friend, took her 2 years or so but was approved after her panel interview.
      So just cause they have denied him/her it doesn’t mean cause she doesn’t need it.

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    • Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

      Leann Emblin Payuk I’m very compassionate to people with legit issues. That doesn’t mean I believe everyone with a headache should get government funding. Severe disabilities!!! You don’t think AISH realizes every asshole who doesn’t want to work is looking to take advantage of the system? So take your rose colored glasses off and move on. You’ve wasted enough of MY energy now.

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    • Marc I do understand where you are coming from. So many people screw the system it’s sad. And no, nobody likes paying for that for sure. You can take it from me and many others with a chronic illness that we would 100 percent prefer to work and have a life. To contribute and not be a burden to our loved ones.

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    • Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

      Leann Emblin Payuk Yes I agree with you 100%. The system is there for people like yourself who actually need it. And I’m all for that. But there is a huge problem with fraud and no-one likes to talk about it. Hence you have the tax payers being skeptical about it, and rightly so. It’s not just AISH, but all social programs across the board.

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    • I have the same issues as the poster. I am not on AISH but may have to be one day. I wish them luck and perseverance. Have a great day everyone❤

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    • Marc did you miss the part where her/his doctor was behind them 100% are you now accusing the doctors of taking advantage of the systems as well. Get your head out of your ass. Nice of you to be so compassionate. Do you have any idea what this person is going through. Are you a medical doctor? Even if you are unless you are this persons doctor you have no right to judge.Are there people scamming AISH I am sure but you and I are not the ones to decide that.

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    • Eryn Dawn Mac and then people wonder why we have so many mentally ill homeless people.

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    • Leann Emblin Payuk I am eligible for disability but I am working and for sure it is going to kill me sooner. thanks for your comments. Seems like people without chronic conditions think they have the right to judge those of us that do have chronic issues.. I would not even want to trade places with them because personally I would rather have this than their sick, disgusting and judgmental attitudes towards the ill.

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    • Brandon Hogg Brandon Hogg says:

      @Marc Cornies — if you do not have anything nice or helpful to contribute, please take your comments elsewhere

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    • Linda Riley Linda Riley says:

      Try CPP disability.

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    • Theresa Hughes PM me if you ever need to talk! ❤

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    • Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

      Theresa Hughes did you miss the part where the poster was denied twice, or are you blind as well. Twice they were denied for a reason. After the doctor would of sent the paperwork in. So take your attitude and shove it up your ass.

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    • Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

      Brandon Hogg Says who , you? Lol

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    • Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

      Remy Frederick are you one of them? My guess is yes. Lol

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  8. Shelley Peck Shelley Peck says:

    There is a doctor in Edmonton that successfully treats this . Pm me if you want info

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  9. I’m sorry, but if you got refused twice there’s probably a reason. People who really need AISH get accepted the first time. The reason you weren’t accepted probably is because they feel like you can work still and your problems aren’t effecting your work.
    You can try again but they probably would deny you again unless something changes with your health.

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    • Leslie Berg Leslie Berg says:

      That’s not true! Not even close most people are denied aish always on the first time… my father is disabled and on aish absolutely impossible yo work and he was denied his first time and had to appeal. It’s a very hard a trying thing to do to apply for aish.

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    • Sara Curd Sara Curd says:

      I was approved first time. Maybe ur dr needs to send more info.

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    • Leslie Berg but usually there’s a reason not to get accepted. People I’ve know have gotten approved first time because their conditions made it obvious they couldn’t work. It might just be who your case lands in front of that day.
      The only problem for my husband was the time..it took forever but he got approved first time.

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    • Lori Balmer Lori Balmer says:

      I know a lot of people that got accepted first apply ,so that’s not true I’m one lol

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    • The only thing the poster has that AISH would look at is the fibromyalgia. Other than that they’re not going to give them money for anxiety and depression. And to be honest the fact that their doctor is trying to get them on AISH is messed up. It’s for severly handicapped and depression and anxiety doesn’t make you severly handicapped in the eyes of AISH. So then it’s down to the fibromyolgy. If that’s not that bad they won’t approve the person. So..by the sounds of it they honestly should stop wasting the time of the people at AISH.

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    • Stephanie Boswell-McGrath im on AISH and dont totally agree with you Stephanie.I have scolosis of the spine,heart desiese and and border line manic depression.My disabilities are permant and am on many differant drugs to help keep my mind focused and my heart pumping.You can get money for youre depression disorders if severe enough.I have friends who think getting on AISH is so easy,just like welfsre.Its not it took me along time to get approved for it.

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    • Randy Mccallum sorry to hear that. My husband is on AISH and I just get sick of people abusing it.

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    • Stephanie Boswell-McGrath not true. A lot of times they require more medical information (notes, records, forms, etc) years worth a lot of times in order to approve you. If they are not satisfied with what they have received from a person initially!

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  10. Those are all fake diseases, and it’s no surprise you got denied. Cancel your world of Warcraft subscription and get a job.

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  11. Yes my mother-in-law applied and was denied but I guess that happens all the time if you apply a second time more than likely you will be approved I do not know why it works like that but it does try again

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  12. WCB is the same if you can push a phone button you can work

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  13. It’s really hard to get approved for AISH. They generally won’t approve for mental health conditions (unless they affect your overall intelligence). I have been diagnosed with high functioning autism, chronic depression and OCD and I would never qualify without a physical disability. That being said I have a job. When applying though I would focus on your fibromyalgia and not your mental conditions. My severely autistic aunt has AISH but only because it’s literally impossible for her to have a job. Don’t know if this helps, but good luck!

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  14. Get your head out of your ass and be productive

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  15. Marie Krista Marie Krista says:

    I have fibro some days I can hardly move from pain and have to have my kid put socks on me and tie my shoes, I have severe anxiety, clinical depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, PTSD I am a mom with 2 high needs kids and just finished my high school education and finishing my first year of nursing so hell its achievable yes it’s hard but hell sitting at home getting a check will be harder and make it easier to become a “statistic” this is just my 2 cents to each their own. But it’s been proven that doing nothing doesn’t help!!!

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  16. Will Bantock Will Bantock says:

    Get a job and fuck off with your fake illnesses and sob story.

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  17. M Lissa Sch M Lissa Sch says:

    This sucks for you, but they are right. Nowadays, there is more flexibility with work – you can even work from home or you can create your own business. There are all kinds of resources on the internet to help you figure out what you can do based on your resources, passions and skills.

    Consider this – you are fortunate enough to live in a country that has AISH. many countries don’t. People with worse disabilities find a way to work.

    I’m considered disabled and I’ve been told a few times over the years to apply for AISH, and every single time I tell them to go fuck themselves, nicely. Take a gander at this video of people with worse disabilities than you, and ask yourself this – what is stopping you from adapting and figuring out a solution?

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=743623172503749&id=449494281916641

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  18. Lori Balmer Lori Balmer says:

    I know a lady that has ,adhd,autism,bipolar,and yes she’s on Aish , and continues to work ,a few hours a day cleaning ,so yes people with mental illness do get approved keep trying

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  19. Alberta is worse in Canada for making harder for disabilities to get it and I have no problem getting one in Ontario even I have back problem all my life and i’m deaf by birth and they did approved me pretty quickly

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  20. Rachel Hart Rachel Hart says:

    I have noticed that the government seems to not be approving disability credits or funding for those with non physical disabilities. My brother had to fight for his and had to write to our mla to get any action.

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    • I am fighting with them now to get my sons disability funding approved for his severe adhd. I’ve got my MP’s office involved now because they denied based on things that weren’t even in the doctors questionnaire. You are correct, it’s very hard. And many people get denied and don’t fight which is exactly what they’re hoping for.

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    • Rachel Hart Rachel Hart says:

      My brother had to get the MLA involved as they were giving him a hard time and refused him any help at all. They wouldn’t even let him go on assistance.

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  21. I heard a couple of years back that the Boyle street medical clinic on 96st and 106ave would help anyone who wants to be on AISH real fast but only if you say a drug problem because they won’t help if you have any disability or back problems so check it out

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    • Andrea Kat Andrea Kat says:

      This is not accurate information.

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    • Tamara Leigh Tamara Leigh says:

      This is wrong I work at this clinic we are a last resort clinic for those who can’t access care elsewhere so those who are homeless who don’t have ID or AB health care, we do accept people on case by case basis depending on their situation. if a person wasn’t accepted as a patient it’s because they have access to see health care providers elsewhere. We do help client apply and get on aish but it’s not fast tracked it’s the same process anyone else would have to go through

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    • Tamara Leigh Tamara Leigh says:

      This is wrong I work at this clinic we are a last resort clinic for those who can’t access care elsewhere so those who are homeless who don’t have ID or AB health care, we do accept people on case by case basis depending on their situation. if a person wasn’t accepted as a patient it’s because they have access to see health care providers elsewhere. We do help client apply and get on aish but it’s not fast tracked it’s the same process anyone else would have to go through

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  22. Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

    To all of the people who are making fun of OP, unless you live with Chronic Illness, you have no idea what day to day life would be like for this individual.

    Chronic Illness is a spectrum disorder that has about a dozen or more diagnoses involved INCLUDING several forms of mental illness. There are some people with some things that can function normally while others are permanently disabled.

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  23. Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

    Honestly just keep trying and do not post to this page again.
    The amount of people who think that Fibro is a “fake illness” is fucking disturbing.
    So sorry for your struggles.

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  24. Sarah Anne Sarah Anne says:

    If you have applied and gotten denied more than once clearly they don’t feel you qualify. Sorry but there isn’t a way to “manipulate” the system. Sorry but maybe you need to try to find something else that will work for you. Life is really tough sometimes but maybe there are some other options for you.

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  25. Kyle Wilson Kyle Wilson says:

    Leave the country and return under refugee status. You will be taken care of.

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  26. Shelley look at this.

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  27. Have you tried applying for disability via federal govt?

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  28. My dots friend got approved for being a meth head.

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  29. They deny most cases I’ve heard. Just Keep applying.

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  30. Mj Mank Mj Mank says:

    I believe that if your health care professional can substantiate that 90% of the time you are unable to perform the mental functions necessary for everyday living and that you constant supervision.

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  31. Linda Riley Linda Riley says:

    Try CPP disability.

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  32. Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

    Just an FYI, CBD oil and THC works wonders for fibromyalgia. The more you know….

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    • Cee Dee Hawn Cee Dee Hawn says:

      For some yes and they are far easier on the stomach lining and liver. Unlike Cymbalta and Lyrica they don’t cause permanent brain damage.
      Edibles work for me, but not if I have to work that day.

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  33. Tamara Leigh Tamara Leigh says:

    You need to see a psychiatrist and get a mental functioning assessment done for aish I’ve seen a lot of my clients get approved for aish once they have had this form filled out you would need to be referred from your family MD

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  34. Andrea Kat Andrea Kat says:

    There are some horrible comments here. If you got denied, there must be a reason. Sometimes it’s because the doctor doesn’t put enough information on the medical. If the primary reason for not being able to work is mental health, a psychiatrist should probably be the one to write the medical, or at least provide further information. If your doc is not a psychiatrist, ask for a referral. Add as much medical documentation to your application as you’re able, and make sure your doctor completes the form fully and that it is legible.

    Hope that helps!

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  35. Aish is something you go on and stay on. Other than Fibro, the other illnesses are things you can recover from, and all of them even together won’t keep you from working.

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    • Cee Dee Hawn Cee Dee Hawn says:

      Hahahaha!!!
      Well, there goes your chance at a passing grade.

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    • If everyone who was majorly depressed and anxious was on Aish… do I even need to finish that??… not sure what fairy tale world you live in where everything runs itself. Lol. Curable? Maybe not. MANAGEABLE by medication and counselling… definitely.

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    • There are different LEVELS of depression and anxiety. Yes SOME are manageable BUT not all! My god are you a shrink Kathy? No didn’t think so! And I personally know a lot about many different mental illnesses and what IS and what is NOT “curable”!!

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    • Hah! Ignorance at its finest. You obviously don’t have these illnesses because trust me anxiety and depression can make you completely incompetent most days! I’m currently working while dealing with 3 serious illnesses, two of which are mental illnesses. I’m fighting just to keep working while my company is doing everything they can to push me out.

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    • Brandon Hogg Brandon Hogg says:

      Please do not turn Shoutout Edmonton comments into a place where people get bashed and insulted for leaving comments. If you guys wish to bash each other, take it to a private message. Otherwise, if you dont have anything nice to say, or helpful to add, please take your comments elsewhere

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  36. They will keep denying you over and over …but they will eventually approve you. I don’t know why but they can deny up to 7 times!! Dont give up !!

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  37. No Marc, that is absolutely not true. But you can be thankful you have good health so you can sit in judgement of people who are weaker than you.

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  38. Cee Dee Hawn Cee Dee Hawn says:

    I get it.
    I still work, up until last November I worked two very physical jobs.
    I had to downgrade two one physical and one not physical.
    Hell, I had to sell my standard. Damn hard to push in a clutch when you can barely walk
    I won’t give in easily, but my life will be ripped from me, one thing at a time.
    Yay.

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  39. If you were denied, there is a reason. Your file is reviewed by Medical Professionals.

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  40. I could not get through on the links but this person should be told that he/she should get an advocate to assist. They apparently do a lot of work and are free, provided through provincial agencies who help the less fortunate. Sorry I don’t have a link for that as I have heard about this from a person who had a long fight for her AISH.

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  41. I have those and lupus i work full-time.

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  42. Kayla Jenny Kayla Jenny says:

    Go to employabilities or onsite placement services. They are programs that help individuals with multiple barriers to employment. They are all free. They work with you at your place. If you go and one of them and can’t do it that will help in the long run

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  43. I know someone with severe schizophrenia. He cannot work. He hallucinates. He has to be reminded of medication. Can’t even use social media. Asking for help to get approved is a bit of a dick move considering our taxes pay for that. I know people with aspbergers that work. Hell even Down syndrome! Spend your energy working and taking advantage of programs to help you get mentally healthy and be a contributing member of society and not so you can sit at home.

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  44. Doris Heck Doris Heck says:

    So the decline letters tell you why you are not approved. You can ask to speak with someone directly and have it explained.
    There is also medical EI and CPPD .

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  45. Win Chan Win Chan says:

    Don’t know the actual details of their review, but basically they concluded that you are able to work. I’m not an expert on AISH but I received income support a couple times when I first came to AB in a car with my clothes in the back. I had to show daily proof of NON-PICKY job searches (no – you can’t just say you don’t like a job and then not work) and bank statements of responsible spending on basic living expenses and genuine financial need. An accountant and payroll person of my previous client was deaf but she did a fine job and still worked Mon-Fri. Her son was mentally slow (something along the lines of assburgers) and on-paper was considered to have a mental disability – but he made a great shop hand and combo/vac truck swamper… we did many 12 hour days together. Myself: on-paper I have depression, anxiety, and narcolepsy – and take a lot of medications for them. Last year, I still brought home $90,419 after taxes because I opted to work. In the last 5 days I’ve worked 75 hours so far. (Most) government financial support and even jobs don’t pay anything worth a shit anyway – you’re better off doing it the standard way: finding an actual career (or one in the private sector), starting your own business, etc… and leave it to the people who actually need the money. Government and doctors can help facilitate you towards income, but they aren’t made to replace it…

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  46. You need to appeal again and go in front of the board.

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  47. Sharon Wiebe Sharon Wiebe says:

    TAKE IT TO THE MEDIA AISH ISN’T EVEN GIVEN TO YOUNG CANCER PATIENTS.Your doctor will have to really fight for you to get anywhere.

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  48. It’s not only what ur doctor says on the form it also helps to get letters from ur psychiatrist and councillor letters from them will help to and any specialists reports u have. Hope this helps and good luck

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  49. I am sorry for your struggle. I have been approved for AISH which I ended up leaving. That is a different story.
    However my understanding is that you will likely be denied with the issues you listed.
    I was only approved because of an injury that left me bed bound (zero mobility). I do have fibro, it is a real illness so I totally get it. However this was not at all even considered in my application. If it was not due to my mobility, I would have been denied. I do work now which is what they are looking for. Fibromyalgia does have possible treatments whereas I think AISH looks at completely unable to work or attend school ever

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