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    Unhappy I can't be-leave what's happening.

    Hello I'm 29 and a teacher. I also suffer from Spastic Diplegia.

    I've been getting Disability Living Allowance, Higher rate Mobility since I was sixteen (perhaps my parents were getting it on my behalf before then, not sure)

    I had a motobility car for five years (lease extended) I just got my second motobility car on Saturday. Today, (Wednesday) I got the letter from the DWP informing me I have to apply for PIP.

    I don't expect to qualify for the higher rate mobility of PIP which I will need to keep my car. I will try my best to argue that I cant move 20 meters safely (I tend to trip or stumble) or repeatedly.

    But honestly, I do move further then that most days. It's not very far at all.

    I also don't have any decent medical evidence. While I had lots of support as a child: Physio, Consultants, I was part of a gate analasis reserch project, two surgery's, regular orthopaedic appliance appointments etc etc as an adult, I've had very little help from the NHS. So, I don't really have any up to date compelling medical info. To make matters worce, I've only been living here for about a year, and don't have any sort of relationship with my new GP Surgery. When I have delt with them, they seem not to know about my disability, and I wonder if they even have all my records and notes.

    I'm probably going to loose my car. Which enables me to get to work. I know motorbility will try and sort it so I can buy my current car... but with it being so new, it's bound to be expensive. I don't know were I can get hold of that kind of money. I wish the PIP assessment letter had come near the end of my previous cars lease...

    I know eventually I might be able to sort out a car, but I require an automatic car, with a left foot accellerator, so it's not as if I can just pick up a cheap used car, and I have no idea how I will get to work without a car. I feel realy guilty, I can't help thinking the kids would be better off with an able bodied teacher who could come in to school every day. and this is all my own fault for realying on goverment hand outs to try and become a productive member of socity.

    So basically, I feel pritty depressed about the whole thing. I am wondering if anyone had any advice about the PIP process, timescales, how long before they actually take my car away (I phoned up for the PIP form to be sent out today)

    Anyone have any experiance with Motorbilitys 'transitional support' how helpfull is it, realy?

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    There are some useful stickies produced by Flymo on the PIP Threads.

    As you have no recent evidence it might be a good idea to write a detailed daily diary in order to paint a picture of how your impairment impacts on your daily life.

    As a teacher you probably walk many corridors with or withi or without aids.


    If you do lose the award have a word with Access to Work regarding a taxi or fares to and from work

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    Have been looking through the stickys. Useful stuff.

    The school are very accommodating since you ask. Disabled parking right by the door. Lift key to use the lift right up to my room, based in the same room all day. So It's not that ridiculous. Mainly claiming so I can hang onto the car for a while while they decide.

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    Well you've exploded the theory that you March corridors all day.

    Remember your answers are deciphered by a computer not a person. That means black and white or yes and no.

    Don't make the mistake of saying how well you cope - imagine you are describing your worst day.

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    Can't you get the head teacher of your school to write a letter stating what there have set up for you in the school to meet your needs , lifts , car parking ,are u unable to do play ground dutys if you can't walk far , ,,

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    I sure a risk assessment done on you in the school for your illness if you fall etc , my child just left collage had seizures there had to do one yearly her so I am guessing same goes with teachers for insurance reasons can't you get that of them

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