I AM a disabled person and have been since birth (im 26 years old) . . . i have no fingers on my left hand and a malformed thumb, its more of a stump. I have been in reciept of dla lowest care component for nearly all my life, up until last year when i applied for a review in light of the issues i have faced (and have been turned down on several occassions in the past) concerning my legs. I fall, i have constant pain and generally cannot walk very far. But still they say i dont have mobility issues!!! In applying for the review a year ago, they sent out a doctor to my home to assess me and upon his report they decided that i am not at all disabled, so i dont need DLA at all, at any rate. And so stopped my lowest care component! I appealed, and appealed and still they would not change their decision, so i took it to tribunal. Which after a years long wait, i had today! I now have to await thier decision which should have been posted today also. I feel i was treated poorly there today, I was spoken to like i was a liar. My friend who helps me almost daily was told not to speak! And most of what they asked me was about how i cope with my son and why i chose to live alone! I am annoyed as when i originally appealed i was told my son doesnt factor into the decsion process. and i feel it was wrong of them to question me about it today. And i was appauled by them basically questioning my right to have my own home! They made me feel like i shouldnt have had a child nor a home of my own. Disabled people have rights and deserve as much independance as everyone else in this world!! YES we have a disability and need help but doesnt mean we shouldnt be as independant was we can be. Im furious. I know i fit the criteria, and yet they pick holes in the life i lead and why i dont have certain adaptions etc. I dont have them because i have never been given them and never been told how to go about getting them! Im not one of lifes complainers. I cope as best i can.
I mean they ask "can you prepare and cook a cooked main meal for yourself?" i told them no, i cannot, as i cannot peel veg safely, chop veg nor drain it nor can i lift pans or trays from the oven. When asked why, i pointed out that i have only one hand, and the other has poor dexterity and my legs give way without warning. I was told off for bringing my legs into it! I explained that it really wouldnt be safe for me to deal with hot pans or stand at a cooker even IF i had better grip as my legs are likely to give way. They couldnt seem to grasp why this was dangerous!!!! The kitchen is hardly the safest place to fall! especially when cooking.
Anyway, Im sorry to have ranted on, I would just like some glimmer of hope that i am not crazy, I was BORN with a disability of the hand, and it hasnt got any better and is never going to, so i will always be "disabled" right? and that the weakness and pain in my legs IS an issue and DOES mean that i am at risk of harm on a daily basis. (their one letter to me states "you are not at risk of harm when performing potentially dangerous activities" . . . surely if something sis "potentially dangerous" anyone who is performing such a task is at risk?! haha. Would love to know how i am exempt from this! LOL)
THANKS SO MUCH X