I just read an article that has hugely saddened me, please keep reading and follow the link to get the full story.
A blind woman has been made seriously physically ill by ATOS and the DWP working in a way that totally disregards the Equality Act.
Having just read the facts of what happened I am so stunned that I really don’t know what to say.
The matter boils down to one of what’s sometimes called a print disability. The term print disability can be used to describe anyone who is unable or would struggle to read standard print. It’s an umbrella term and can be used to describe conditions such as total blindness, dyslexia and intellectual disabilities.
In this case the lady in question uses Braille or audio instead of standard print and ATOS & DWP are unable to produce this.
They then told her that she would have to find someone to fill out the form for her.
The stress of this landed her in hospital.
As I said at the beginning this saddens me you might think that’s a strange reaction, maybe it is but for me it’s personal.
As I’ve mentioned before my mum is almost totally blind her way of dealing with written correspondence is Braille.
My mum requested the same form as the woman in this story in Braille and got the response at the other end of the phone that said ‘I’m not sure if we do Braille but we should I will try and get it for you’.
The form the arrived in standard print with a deadline to have it completed and the threat that missing that deadline will result in loss of benefits.
My mum is lucky she got help from my dad and a local charity but for thousands of other people this is not the case.
I have also had help to fill out the form in question. I’ve also had the stress of trying to get it done in time for the deadline bearing in mind I get one hour of support a week!