• 2018,  benefits,  C-A-B,  DLA,  ESA,  OT

    Oh, the irony

    I was referred for an OT assessment back in April. I actually saw the OT just over two weeks ago. One of the great many questions I was asked (the form had approx 17 pages) was about social involvement. I told him about volunteering for Citizens Advice. He asked if I liked it and we somehow got onto the topic of benefits advice. He mentioned that another service user he had been to see had shown him the medical report from their work capability assessment for ESA. Being that for almost two years now I’ve been doing a lot of supporting clients through either the Mandatory Reconsideration or appeal processes…

  • 2013,  acceptance,  benefits,  DLA,  ESA,  guest blog,  perceptions,  personal,  Uncategorized,  writing

    File this under “you couldn’t make it up.”

    Last Wednesday I got the news that I’ve been awarded ESA for two years. I’ve been put straight into the support group. It’s definitely the right decision and now I’ve had a chance to think about things and calm down I’m relieved its sorted and ok with it. But it’s not a comfortable place and if I’m completely honest I felt like I must be much more disabled than I realised. I wrote more about that, the ESA process and how it relates to me over on Bea Magazine And then yesterday I got a letter telling me about my DLA entitlement for this year. And all about how DLA…

  • 2013,  benefits,  books and reading,  DLA,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Bad Mothers United by Kate Long

    Feels like ages since I’ve written a book review. It actually isn’t on the grand scheme of things but its certainly been longer than I would like! I have a few coming up in the next week though so that should be good. There’s no real reason for the break other than I’ve not had much time for reading and also I chose to reread some favourite stuff instead of tackling new books. ANYWAY. Simon and Schuster sent me an advance copy of Bad Mothers United by Kate Long. And then I got chatting to Kate on Twitter and she kindly sent me a signed book plate. This is the…

  • 2013,  benefits,  books and reading,  C-A-B,  campaigns,  courage,  disability,  Uncategorized

    For the love of a book

    I love to read. This comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me or who reads this blog regularly I’m sure. There’s just something about picking up a book and losing yourself in it. It makes me think, I learn stuff, it’s enjoyable. They make me laugh, cry and just feel. Sometimes I reach for a book as pure escapism and it also means as long as I’ve got a book or my kindle in my bag I can fill a few minutes waiting at the hairdressers or the doctors really easily and it makes the wait less annoying. According to statistics 1 in 6 adults of working age…

  • benefits,  campaigns,  current affairs,  disability,  The Broken of Britain,  Uncategorized

    There for the most deserving

    This was a really good post in my opinion.  But wordpress ate it and it published blank with all the points I spent ages making gone off into the ether and not here on my blog where they should be. It was about my friend who after being very ill, spending time in intensive care with multi organ failure, having nearly six months off work and being diagnosed with a life long condition.  And about how she’s new to the world of disability, support, benefits and all that entailled.  But already learning about not being “disabled enough”.  Being told by people that she should be able to get help but…

  • benefits,  depression,  disability,  links,  Uncategorized

    >Melting Pot of Links

    >It has come to my attention that I haven’t updated my blog in a very long time.  I have a lot to say! I also have to shower, change and eat in the next hour and three quarters. Doable but adding in a long catch up blog would be the straw that broke the camel’s back as they say.  So this is just basically to say that I’m still alive and doing well.  I’ll update tomorrow for Blogging Against Disablism Day and try to find the time to write a general update too. For now however a few links I’ve found interesting lately.  These are a real mixture. Make Change.…

  • benefits,  guest blog,  personal,  scope,  The Broken of Britain,  Uncategorized,  writing

    >The Broken of Britain

    >Last weekend a new campaign was set up about the proposed cuts and specifically to allow disabled people to campaign about them.  Because we are one of the groups who will be affected most severely by these cuts.  And the government have already admitted they’ve not looked into it fully. The campaign is The Broken of Britain. This afternoon I had a long chat on the phone with Kaliya who set it up.  It was really fun to get to talk to her after knowing her online for so long.  Just a shame we had such a serious topic to talk about.  I’m going to be helping with the campaign…

  • benefits,  disability voices,  political,  twitter,  Uncategorized

    >More Nadine Dorries Twitter Fail

    >Nadine Dorries made further ridiculous comments, this time suggesting that being disabled is the same as being retired and also that disabled people shouldn’t go down the pub. I wrote another rebuttal over on Disability Voices. Twitter, Disabled People, Benefit Fraud… and Pubs And DV team member, Sarah Ismail, has set up a facebook group calling for Nadine Dorries’ removal as an MP due to her disablist attitude. Finally I must add that I personally am absolutely astounded and very touched to see the response my original piece on DV got, both on DV and also on Twitter. All content copyright Emma Crees, 2006 – 2012 unless otherwise stated http://writerinawheelchair.blogspot.com