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Being partially blind

charmaine43 Member Posts: 4 Listener
hi I have been partially blind for almost ten years know and it is getting to the point that it is getting me down and I have been told that I’m not entitled to any disability benefits and now I have another problem know I am in great pain with my right leg for which I was told that it is a hamstring and sciatica together I can hardly move or stand


  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,217 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi charmaine and welcome

    Who told you that you are not entitled to any benefit ?

    Have a look at the PIP descritors and see if you fulfill any
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • charmaine43
    charmaine43 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Hi there cockney rebel it was the people at the assessment they sent off the report and I received a letter from the deputy saying that I’m not entitled because I can move around and do things for myself 
  • Pippa_Alumni
    Pippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,799 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @charmaine43, and a warm welcome to the community!

    I'm so sorry to hear that you're feeling low. Adapting to life with disability can be so tough, but you're among others who understand here, who will listen and do their best to help. If we can be of any assistance, please do let us know.
  • charmaine43
    charmaine43 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Only thank you for the warm welcome I’m just at my wits end because every time I have applied for disability benefits I always get the knock back saying that I’m not entitled and it gets me down a lot I just don’t know what to do anymore 
  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,217 Disability Gamechanger
    I would still advise that you look at the descriptors. PIP is awarded not on your condition but how you are affected with daily activities. If you were refused very recently you can ask for a mandatory reconsideration. You should also ask the DWP for a copy of the assessment report
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • charmaine43
    charmaine43 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    I applied back in March of this year and I’m not sure if I want to apply again as I’m worried about getting turned down 
  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,217 Disability Gamechanger
    It is important to understand the points system, the descriptors and criteria for an award. This is the key to a successful claim, you need to show that you meet the criteria for each and give 2-3 examples of what happens when you try to complete the activity
    You also need to take into consideration whether you can do things Safely, repeatedly, to an acceptable standard and for the majority of time
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,451 Disability Gamechanger

    Bit of self-publicity then :)

    Not done this before here but have a look at

    Forget that it’s about one eye condition and apply the principles in it to your own eye condition(s). An amended version is on the agenda for a related eye condition sometime next year all being well. 

    As I’m visually impaired and a WRS manager I’m well aware of the issues and where colleagues see 2 or 4 points I will often see 8 to 11 on daily living without any great difficulty. It’s all about understanding certain aspects of VI that the fully-sighted will never get unless you articulate it but it’s also about thinking about great examples. 

    ‘More than happy to answer questions once you’ve read it.


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