Deaf Rights

Experience is that deaf people are frequently discriminated against because of poor understanding within organisations, especially the DWP. Many staff appear to think that hearing technology replaces natural hearing. If you feel you have been the victim of discrimination then I may be able to help. The most common example in my experience is PIP assessments.

This is a case I helped organised in my previous job for National Deaf Children's Society. It means that most deaf PIP claimants can get two points for washing and bathing: PIP the meaning of safely . The case has huge implications for PIP claimants generally because the Tribunal decided that whether something can be done "safely" depends on the severity of the consequences if something went wrong. The DWP had been arguing that a deaf claimant who had to remove their hearing aid to shower could bathe safely because fire was unlikely to happen whilst they were in the shower.

Here is another case from my previous job. It established definitively that deaf PIP claimants can score on both Activity 7 - communication - and Activity 9 - engaging with other people face to face. Before this case the DWP kept saying deaf claimants could only score on Activity 7:

Deaf claimant can score on activities 7 and 9

Kester Disability Rights has been established to go beyond just supporting claimants to get benefits back.  Appeal Tribunals do not deliver justice as claimants have typically been without money for essential disability related expenditure for months and sometimes years.  That's why the KDR service includes obtaining compensation for discrimination and getting reasonable adjustments to prevent problems in the future.

Initial advice is free and there could be the option of a no win no fee agreement if you wanted one.