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Hi all, thanks for reading this.

I have a wife who has a rare condition called Bechets Syndrome and a son who is currently being diagnosed with ADHD (the specialist at the hospital have said they think he's got it but need more imformation from his school to diagnose) but it seems a very long winded process. My wife is struggling to find work at present because as soon as she puts her illness down on her cv/application forms she never even gets near the interview stage even for the most mundain jobs, yet she feels in a position where she needs to put it down because when she gets flare-ups of her condition she will be unable to work for a week or two at a time (she has had 3 flare ups this year already) and feels a future employer needs to understand this. She is under a consultant at the hospital but has not yet seen him because this is the 3rd consultant who she has been sent to (as i said a rare condition and the docs dont seem sure on who and how she should be treated). I have heard that we may be able to get DLA for boths conditions but am not sure whether it is too early to put in the claim as neither are yet getting specialist treatment for there conditions. Is it too early to claim? should we wait for there treatment to start fully? Any advice would be appreciated.

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DLA is paid on care and mobility needs, rather than on diagnosis or treatment.


As long as the difficulties have existed for at least three months and are expected to continue for at least another six months, then it is worth applying.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I think if you ring the Benefits people for a DLA form they usually date stamp it so when they recieve it, they can back date your money if you are successful. If it's not long before your wife sees the consultant it might be worth hanging on if it's only for a few weeks. It can take up to 3 months for a DLA to go through the system so a few more weeks wouldn't matter.

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Hi blackheathbaggie................ Quite a few problems here. Job / DLA wife / DLA child. ......... How long has the wife's condition been apparent? If it has been there for 12 month , likely to last 12 months or more then the DDA gives your wife protection. I mention this first because you may want to check if you have a legal protection policy in place for employment problems. These are neatly attached to home contents policies etc and only cost around £20. It is a great standby when one has employment problems because you can get hold of lawyers at no additional cost to you. I suspect your wife is being discriminated against but to prove it would be very difficult. If the company is a public body then they normally have a policy that states that all disabled people will at least get an interview. It could be that she is being excluded because of other factors. In any future application you could try a ruse. Make two application, in different names eg married name and maiden name. Make both applications the same but for personal details ie the name address date of birth etc. Make all other aspects the same except mention on one the disability and exclude it on the other. See which application gets the response. If there appears to be discrimination then you should first send a form DL56 to the prospective employer (look it up) and ask a load of questions that are pertinent eg number of applicants gender disability why you got an interview under one name but not the other.


You could also just apply and not mention it at all at the application stage. Employers especially those over a certain size have to be able to cope with disability and illness on a regular basis. It doesn't sound like the 3 times a year for a week at a time is unreasonable to cope with especially if when in the job she may ask for reasonable adjustments that may aid her to stay at work as opposed to going off sick. I have no idea what those could be though.


The DLA applications I agree with what has been said above. How old is the child? There are special rules for children as ALL children need care and help to some degree, it is the extra care and help etc that is the point. Getting the child diagnosed and in the system should help to some degree but best of luck because it will send you round the bend dealing with officialdom.


I would read up on the care and help that your wife needs and on what time scale eg daily / nightly / ect. You need to detail it in quite a detailed way. If it is regular then you have more of a chance. If it is intermitant then you may struggle to obtain it.


Remember if DLA is allocated for one or both of your family remember Carers Allowance, although if you are working you are unlikely to get it as the earnings rule / limit will apply.


Finally the system is changing and the coalition is set to tighting the rules.



Hope that helps.

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