Implement and enforce DDA

Never mind repealing laws, enforce properly the ones we have. My son who has cerebral palsy and is a permanent wheelchair user is still unable to travel on the tube, or gain access to public buildings, particularly in London. He is now 19 and we have been promised for years an end to discrimination and access for all. Businesses pay lip service to DDA ,more people seem to support animal rights than disabled peoples rights in this country !

Why is this idea important?

Never mind repealing laws, enforce properly the ones we have. My son who has cerebral palsy and is a permanent wheelchair user is still unable to travel on the tube, or gain access to public buildings, particularly in London. He is now 19 and we have been promised for years an end to discrimination and access for all. Businesses pay lip service to DDA ,more people seem to support animal rights than disabled peoples rights in this country !

Medical Assessment for Employment Support Allowance

Why should an unqualified person's assessment override that of a GP or specialist doctor? The current Medical Assessment for Employment Support Allowance does just this causing unecessary pain and it needs to be abolished. Please look into this as a matter of urgency.

My 20 year old daughter suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrom (CFS). This is a thoroughly debilitating illness, physically, mentally and socially surrounded by much ignorance. Unless this illness has been experienced at first hand or you have seen someone suffer on a daily basis it really cannot be imagined. It is also an invisible malady, the sufferer appearing no different from anyone else and so general courtesies that would be forthcoming to those with visible disabilities are not forthcoming.

It took around 3 years to have this condition diagnosed. My daughter is extremely bright and has to leave university because of her condition – and she would be there instantly if her mental and physical health allowed.  Her friends are all at university, some now qualifiying, and so she is extremely isolated. She is also partially sighted and since birth we have travelled to Addenbrooks or Manchester Eye hospital because of her rare genetic eye condition.

A few months ago she underwent the medical assessment for Employment Support Allowance and 'failed'. So, according to them, she did not have CFS or any vision impairment! This whole process is a complete farce as the team bought in to complete this assessment are not medical experts. After this my daughter then struggled over a number of days to complete a complex form to explain why the assessment was wrong. A few months later, we have now hear that her appeal date has to be set at 10am on one morning. Those who know will realise that this is much too early fro a CFS sufferer – it takes a good couple of hours to get ready to go out and then there are some days when it is impossible to get out of bed! So we now have to appeal to the judge to set a more reasonable time – he may not agree!  So, more hoops to jump through!  Given that we gert a reasonable time for the hearing my daughter still has to present her case – no one can do this on her behalf.  Despite her intelligence and logical abilities I doubt very much that her mental, phsychological and emotional state will allow her to put forward her case properly. She will be exhausted just getting there and the compounded effects of a hearing will make her condition worse for several days afterwards. After all this it could be found that she is deemed unworthy of the allowance and is left with nothing to live on.

DISCRIMINATION is the only word that comes to my mind in relation to all this.  Someone suffering so badly shound not have to be on trial. A GP report together with specialist reports and others in the health profession should provide the evidence for this and no-one else.  There are 1,000 of sufferers who have to give up on appeals because of the nature of their illness.

Why is this idea important?

Why should an unqualified person's assessment override that of a GP or specialist doctor? The current Medical Assessment for Employment Support Allowance does just this causing unecessary pain and it needs to be abolished. Please look into this as a matter of urgency.

My 20 year old daughter suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrom (CFS). This is a thoroughly debilitating illness, physically, mentally and socially surrounded by much ignorance. Unless this illness has been experienced at first hand or you have seen someone suffer on a daily basis it really cannot be imagined. It is also an invisible malady, the sufferer appearing no different from anyone else and so general courtesies that would be forthcoming to those with visible disabilities are not forthcoming.

It took around 3 years to have this condition diagnosed. My daughter is extremely bright and has to leave university because of her condition – and she would be there instantly if her mental and physical health allowed.  Her friends are all at university, some now qualifiying, and so she is extremely isolated. She is also partially sighted and since birth we have travelled to Addenbrooks or Manchester Eye hospital because of her rare genetic eye condition.

A few months ago she underwent the medical assessment for Employment Support Allowance and 'failed'. So, according to them, she did not have CFS or any vision impairment! This whole process is a complete farce as the team bought in to complete this assessment are not medical experts. After this my daughter then struggled over a number of days to complete a complex form to explain why the assessment was wrong. A few months later, we have now hear that her appeal date has to be set at 10am on one morning. Those who know will realise that this is much too early fro a CFS sufferer – it takes a good couple of hours to get ready to go out and then there are some days when it is impossible to get out of bed! So we now have to appeal to the judge to set a more reasonable time – he may not agree!  So, more hoops to jump through!  Given that we gert a reasonable time for the hearing my daughter still has to present her case – no one can do this on her behalf.  Despite her intelligence and logical abilities I doubt very much that her mental, phsychological and emotional state will allow her to put forward her case properly. She will be exhausted just getting there and the compounded effects of a hearing will make her condition worse for several days afterwards. After all this it could be found that she is deemed unworthy of the allowance and is left with nothing to live on.

DISCRIMINATION is the only word that comes to my mind in relation to all this.  Someone suffering so badly shound not have to be on trial. A GP report together with specialist reports and others in the health profession should provide the evidence for this and no-one else.  There are 1,000 of sufferers who have to give up on appeals because of the nature of their illness.

Repeal laws that deny equal civil rights to disabled people

Repeal section 21ZA of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, and also repeal the equivalent sections from the Equality Act 2010.

This sections permit airlines, cruise liners and ferries to discriminate against disabled people by refusing them carriage even when there is no safety justification whatsoever for the less favourable treatment.

This would give disabled people the same right not to be discriminated against when travelling by air or sea as they already enjoy when using any other method of transport.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal section 21ZA of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, and also repeal the equivalent sections from the Equality Act 2010.

This sections permit airlines, cruise liners and ferries to discriminate against disabled people by refusing them carriage even when there is no safety justification whatsoever for the less favourable treatment.

This would give disabled people the same right not to be discriminated against when travelling by air or sea as they already enjoy when using any other method of transport.