During our lifetime we make many choices, choices like which career path we follow for instance. We have the choice to go looking for that one person who makes us feel complete, the person we want to settle down with and have children with. But there are some choices in life that are out of our control, been differently abled for instance. One does not choose to have a medical condition that will effect the rest of our lives. Living with such a condition can be a challenge at the best of times. When one has to go out and earn a living to provide for themselves and the people the care most about, that challenge becomes even harder.
One cannot comment on the challenges that other individuals face personally with been differently abled, particularly when I comes to sight loss as there are many condition that effect the eyes. One can only comment on ones own life experiences while battling such a condition. Having lost the vision in one eye and been diagnosed with glaucoma at a young age, so please forgive any mistakes in this post, one has had to adapt to the world around in order to survive. This meant learning new way of doing things that an abled bodied person does evey day without any issues. Simple things like entering a room can pose a challenge because it is very easy to walk into the door frame, this may seem humerus to others but it can be painful believe me.
In the United Kingdom we have a policy of taking care of the less abled bodied. There are structures in place to protect individuals such as myself who suffer from a disability. This is known as the discrimination act. During my years of study and looking for employment one has had to fight discrimination many times. My story begins seven months ago in March of 2014. Been disabled I was in receipt of incapability benefits, having attended many medicals and been passed unfit for work by many doctors. One doctor said in his report ” it is my judgment that Mr Gates cannot work in the labour market” does the mean one can work under the Conservatives then, with the state of affairs at present the answer is no.
Early this year one was sent for a medical, this was carried out by a private company called Atos, the medical was carried out by a nurse and not a trained doctor, like many others in this country one was passed fit for work, this sparked a huge backlash from disability rights groups as Atos were sending individual out to work who clearly were not fit to do so. So for the last seven months or so one has been applying for every job the is in my field of expertise, the Government is trying to get people off of benefits and into work but they are not taking into account that there are not enough jobs to go round. And even bigger issue for someone who is differently abled is that there is still a lot of discrimination out there amount the employers.
Three months ago this author attended an interview with a Network Security firm in Leeds, one will not name the company here but the right people have been informed of the company name. During the interview one was praised for my IT skills in particular my knowledge Networking and how the internet works with routers, switches and servers. But as soon as my vision came into the conversation all talk turned to me getting hurt on the job, fears I would fall down the stairs, those are what ifs. You can’t live your life by what ifs, one could get hit by a bus tomorrow, which is why they always say wear clean underwear.
The afore mentioned has happened to me a few times now, the problem is discrimination is very hard to prove, the company simply has to say that the skills were not there to do the job. The government is not doing enough to protect the most vulnerable in this country. They are turning their back on the very people who put them in office, the very same people who can remove them from office as well.
How can a private medical firm who is working for their profit margins be the best people to judge who is capable of work, they don’t see how that person lives day to day. They just get a thirty minute consultation and they make their report based on that, disabilities change day to day with some days been better than others. In little over six months the people of this little island get to vote in the general election for our next government, the British people have long memories and we will pass judgment in May next year…