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ATOS Assessor: “Down’s Syndrome Isn’t Going To Go Away”

April 25, 2016

Spotted on Facebook. Shared because while it is rare to find a benefits assessor with such a personality, it’s good to know that it is possible.


A recent post from a Downs Syndrome forum:
“Yes, A (aged 17) was called for an interview with Atos. Contrary to everything I’ve heard, the lady conducting the interview was very nice, switched on and helpful. The first thing she said was “I have no idea why you’ve been called in!” She said the application had all the information they needed and after all “Down’s Syndrome wasn’t going to go away”. She really seemed to understand about what having a learning disability means and said her recommendation would be enhanced rate for both care and mobility, although she didn’t make the decision.”

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Iain Duncan Smith permalink
    April 25, 2016 10:36 am

    That ATOS assessor had clearly either gone mad, or had wilfully chosen to ignore her specialised training in disability assessments.

    She should have assessed that customer for his ability to do any job, rather than on what she thinks could be his ability to work. If all he does all day is to sit staring into space, while dribbling and drooling, then he could be employed in the product testing and quality control department of a manufacturer of paper towels, where the ability to slobber on demand may be a highly prized skill.

    We have had enough of these so called ‘disabled people’ just sitting around all day and taking us for a ride with the millions of pounds – taken from hard working UK citizens – we are forced to give them because of all the EU directives originally meant to support genuine and truly deserving cripples.

    Rather than trying to shirk his responsibilities and sponge off the rest of us, that Downs; person should get out there, looking for work, by getting on his bike or, in his case, his disability adapted tricycle or scooter.

    • Julie Knights permalink
      April 25, 2016 11:02 am

      When I read this, I thought “is this person being serious?” Then I read the name and realise he was.

  2. April 25, 2016 1:13 pm

    Reblogged this on campertess.

  3. April 25, 2016 2:07 pm

    Reblogged this on disabledsingleparent.

  4. April 25, 2016 2:08 pm

    Tweeted @melissacade68

  5. dino goldie permalink
    April 25, 2016 3:00 pm

    Fair play. As much as I feel Atos/Maximus/DWP/Toryscum deserve damnation, I also believe in giving credit where it’s due. If only more people in the disability benefits system had the ethics and common sense of this Atos assessor. Politicians and their sub-contractors need to remember to uphold both the spirit and the letter of the law. There is no moral, practical nor economic justification for continual reassessment of those with permanent conditions.

  6. April 25, 2016 3:16 pm

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  7. April 25, 2016 6:46 pm

    Where there is one there must be more…


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