I'm new to the site but have to say that it seems the most comprehensive site I've seen for disabled people.
Anyway, thanks for taking the time to look in.
I have a question.
I am registered severely sight impaired (blind) and have been for over twenty years. I am currently receiving High Rate Mobility and Low Rate Care of DLA on an 'Indefinite' award. I'm thinking of volunteering for transfer to PIP just to get it over with. Its arrival has been like a big black cloud hanging over me.
In the Daily Living Section, I've been looking over the criteria and may get some points for cooking a meal but wondered about the 'Reading and Understanding Signs, Symbols and Words Activity.
I can use a magnifier for reading at home but outdoors I am completely unable to read. I have severe photophobia and Nystagmus associated with albinism. I am also unable to discern detail. Bus Numbers, timetables, street names, direction signs in buildings, exit or fire escape signs are all lost to me. I should say that I use a long cane on both familiar and unfamiliar journeys.
My question is - because I can use a magnifier to read at home (8x magnification for large print) but cannot read at all outside, what points (if any) might I score under the 'Reading and Understanding Signs, Symbols and Words' Section of Pip?
Any other advice would be good also.