Question: The Disability and Discrimination Act. I have spoken to the Disability Law Service and have been told that I have to be “disabled” to come under the Act, and that means not being able to do a variety of domestic chores – such as buttons on shirts etc. When questioned about the situation of RSI sufferers who are not totally disabled by the symptoms I was told that they are not covered. You have to be virtually registered disabled to qualify and bear in mind that the Government is tightening up on the disabled claimants.
Answer: Is that the Service mentioned in Saturday’s Guardian? — If so, I am surprised by their advice. (I am not a lawyer, and I have not asked one about the DDA and RSI — I must say that as a “disclaimer” — but I am still surprised.) I suggest you get in touch with PACT — the Dept of Employment Access to Work people (ask your nearest JobCentre where you can contact a Disability Employment Adviser). You do _not_ have to be registered as disabled to qualify for the Access to Work Scheme, and so, help from PACT.