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Registering as disabled

Postby carlz25 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:07 am

Can anyone give me info on how I go about registering as disabled in the workplace?
I just want to know that I'm covered because this yr has been really bad for me and the amount of sick leave I've had is crazy. My boss made a fleeting comment to me the other week about doing this so they have to help rather than give off about it x


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Re: Registering as disabled

Postby euryleia » Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:15 am

Do you mean in your workplace, or *all* workplaces? If it's the former, I guess you'd just need to talk to Occupational Health if you haven't already? If it's the latter, I'd love to know myself.
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Re: Registering as disabled

Postby carlz25 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:18 am

Is it not the same for all workplaces. I did speak to a girl before. She was off dick for 6 months then attended OH and they said that was her reg disabled and work had to accommodate her.
I'm just asking because I can't afford to be off long term.....


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Re: Registering as disabled

Postby carlz25 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:19 am

[FLUSHED FACE] sick lol


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Re: Registering as disabled

Postby padders » Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:17 am

Are iou in Disability living allowance or Pip as it is now? If you are on one if these than let your OH worker know. You can than be assesed to make sure all your needs are met in your workplace. This should be done anyway even if not on DLA/PIP. Get a letter from your GP stating your disabilties or your specialist and again show your oh person.
If ypu are not on DLA/PIP and you are disabled than you should try and claim it. It is more difficult now to get ad they have changed the critearia and you get points now. So if you can walk further than a bus without aids u get 0 points. If ypu can cook a meal and prepare it without help 0 points and so on there is a lunk on here telling you more about it so take a look and see what ypu think. There is all Employment support allowance but not sure uf ypu can claim that while working. Again i am sure there is a link on here somewere so take a look.
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Re: Registering as disabled

Postby Eyeballs » Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:59 am

I'm not sure if this helps but my wife had help from our County Council. They sent an Occupational Therapist to our homecto assess her needs and issued a little orange laminated card saying that she was registered disabled with them. As previously advised you need to apply for PIP. The application form is a bit daunting so try and get help. Your local Socual Services or Citizens Advise Bureau may be able to help.
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Re: Registering as disabled

Postby FluppyPuffy » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:17 am

Having a bit of a looky around, it seems that there is no longer any way for someone to become registered as disabled. You used to be able to do so and when you did, you would be given a card which said that you were on the register. When anyone asked for proof of disability, this card would be shown. Most places asking for proof of disability now ask for evidence to support what you have said, which could be proof of being in receipt of DLA/PIP, letters from an official source that states you have a degree/percentage of disability due to your conditions etc.

Wrt your employer, your Occy Health~type peoples should know that under The Equalities Act 2010 a disability is defined as:~
if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

FM is covered by this definition, so under the Act, which brought the Disability Discrimination Act and a number of other Acts together under the one Act, you are protected against anything that could be regarded as discrimination etc relating to your condition{s}. Also, under The Equalities Act, once an employer is advised that an employee has a condition/illness that falls under the description above, they legally have to take the employee's condition into consideration when looking at how they are/can perform their job role, bringing in "reasonable adjustments" wherever possible to help the employee carry out their role to the best of their abilities.

If your Occy Health peoples seem somewhat vague on what and how the Equalities Act covers someone, you could seek further advice from your union, if you are a member of one, the Disability Employment Adviser based in job centres, or from places such as CAB, DIAL etc.
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Re: Registering as disabled

Postby robbiecramp » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:01 pm

Hi if your struggling to do your job because of a health condition and you have a diagnosis you can be deemed as disabled depending on what your suffering with and how it effects you but usually you are covered under Equality Act 2010 (link below) but read carefully because as I found out if reasonable adjustments cannot be found and alternative employment then they can terminate your employment under ill health

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Re: Registering as disabled

Postby Tel1 » Thu May 01, 2014 9:29 pm

Hi There

All I can say IS...))) When I got a blue badge from my local council, they also sent a letter as well outlining that
I am registered as a disabled person in the borough that I live in.....that was in 2012. It had my name and address
on the letter, so yes it seems you can be registered disabled... and also you can contact your council and ask them
about that... I did and they wrote a letter for me....I also get DLA/PIP but that wasn't asked for.... just thought I
would let you know this. :-)
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