Today I received a letter saying that the little lady has been refused mobility allowance. To get mobility allowance for a child under 5 years old you have to show evidence that they cannot walk or that they are (I quote) severely mentally impaired.
My daughter can walk, she can run and climb and has even learned to kick a ball in the last few weeks. She can do this indoors but open the front door and all this ability falls away. Getting her from the doorstep into a car on the drive can be a a battle at times as she will do one of two things: run or drop to the floor like a rag doll. She has no awareness of traffic, people or really anything when outside. Because of this Wheelchair Services have granted her a special needs pushchair as she has out grown the standard pushchair we have.
A letter from the little ladies nursery stated that her general understanding has improved over the last few months, which it has, but during her 15 hours a week they never take her outside (other than the playground which it took her months to learn to navigate) so how can this comment have any bearing?
The people in the Disability Living Allowance office have decided that this one sentence proves she has no mental delay. What? My daughter is almost 3 and a half and has never had a conversation, is not toilet trained and doesn’t interact with any other children amongst other things but sure that’s not a delay that’s just…. Hmm no comment.
I am now in the position that I have to appeal, I have to contact professionals to back me up, I have to take time out of all three of our lives to try and rectify this astounding error. I’m not someone who believes that if you can get it you should do but I think if there is something you truly deserve you shouldn’t have to deal with a department of people who apparently seem to pick people’s need at random!
Sorry for the rant, I kind of feel better :-\