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Should I appeal??? DLA for 12 year old son

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Hi Guys


Need a bit of advice if anyone can help


I have a 12 year old son who has Autism he goes to a mainstream school with a unit he goes to school by taxi supplied by the local LEA as he can not go anywhere alone


He has all the typical Autistic problems I:e loud noises strange places crowds etc etc has to wear headphones if we go anywhere new


He also has "pes Plano valgus" in his feet that causes him extreme pain and discomfort and leaves him virtually unable to walk


His last claim for DLA was in 2010 and runs out in July this year he was awarded high rate mobility and middle rate care


I recieved and completed and sent off his renewal form and they have changed his award to high rate care and low rate mobility the letter says something about the supervision he needs makes no mention of his physical leg problem


My question is should I appeal? We went to London Zoo yesterday and he was so uncomfortable with his legs we had to hire a wheel chair he was very unhappy and in pain


He has special insoles in his shoes I took him for a appointment with the doctor at the specialist mobility centre on Friday 16th May he changed his prescription to insoles with heel raisers I also have to take him to our GP and get him referred to the hospital for physio therapy and he gave him some excercises which are proving difficult to get him to do because he says they are painful


Sorry to go on I would be grateful for anyone's thoughts



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Hi all


Thanks for all replies


Yes I should have added that it is flat footedness and is common however my sons feet also turn in he has tight Achilles heel and very tight calf muscles also


Thanks again I don't know much about appealing and also how and where to start?


Thanks guys

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Hi all


Had a right good read around this morning spoke to contact a family and cab still unsure what to do so much so it's giving me a headache


The general feeling is although my son has physical trouble walking this makes his Autism worse because the pain and discomfort he feels makes his behaviour erratic thereby exacerbating his "severe mental impairment" (not my words) apparently this information is found on NAS website


Not sure what to do I think the DLA is a good service and have always found them helpful at the minute we have a mobility car when the new award kicks in come July we will lose the car and have to use his high rate care money to get another one


What do people think I should do?

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Is there some sort of document that states his condition has improved? If not I don't see how they can refuse?

HSBC - 11/9/06 - prem letter sent

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28/11/06 - Full offer recieved


Capital one - 13/9/06 -letter asking for statements sent

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Lloyds TSB - 13/9/06 -letter asking for statements sent

17/10/06 - prelim sent fro £732

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