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  156 months ago

Are disabled people treated like second class citizens?

I was classified as disabled by the DWP last year, and I have to say it has taken me a while to accept this. Because I don't look disabled I have, on occasions, been accused of faking it. Can people really be jealous because I now park outside the door at my local ASDA or Sainsburys? Pensioners recieve an extra £250 fuel allowance in the winter, but the disabled don't. Because I am on Warfarin (rat poisen) I feel the cold more than I used to. Also I have to pay for all my prescriptions (nine different lots of tablets). Fortunately I can do this monthly, but it seems unfair as without my drugs I would die!! I worked full time from being 16 until 51 when I became ill (apart from 2 years when I had my children-and I'm a single mum) so I feel I've made a fair contribution. Because I live in the middle of nowhere I opted for the motorbility car, which costs me £45 per week, plus fuel, but without which I'd be lost. People in general are okay, but its the odd few who are abusive when I'm slow crossing the road, or push my trolley too slowly when in the supermarket that make me feel as if I'm a nuisance.


  155 months ago
Yes sometimes. It depends by what you mean disabled, i.e. Physically or mentally and then if you consider mentally. Mental illness, now known more as mental distress is different from mental handicapped or now known as learning difficulties. However there are those poor souls out there who may have all three. I remember the phrase 'does he take sugar, in other words if a person is in a wheelchair the person, whoever that may be asks the person pushing the chair questions about the person in the chair something that the wheelchair user can answer for themselves. OK the wheelchair user may not be able to use there legs but that does not mean that there brain doesn't work and that they can't answer the question themselves.

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