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There are three boards there at the moment. One general board, one for carers, and one for people with DisAbilities. Would you like to see any others? Do let me know!

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  1. Bipin permalink
    May 19, 2011 4:58 am

    Sir I am a final year student of Electronics and Communication having red-green colour blindness, I want to know that what jobs are suitable for me and whether I cab apply for PSUs.

  2. hasta gautam permalink
    August 17, 2011 1:06 am

    Dear Officer,

    I am became one of the proud man with green leaf book group company. From the 5 years I am staying at home without useless. I lose my energy of work others. I used wheelchair and just move around. I am helpless of help. there is no more extra income and any supporting business. I can use computer and see the world inside it. but still I am proudly man and told the world.
    “the world is in my hand
    the universe is in my mind”
    But there is no more force of income even I have dream to be great writer and take care my lovely family. I am father of two kids and I have hard worker wife. but I am survive empty handed and empty minded now.
    But my energy of mind try achieve my goal of life. Knocking my heart to create the better creation or support who are creator. create books and published it and come out to market with the helping hand of book company. day by day I will meet my future with full professional and commercial active life.
    I am writer in my native language Nepali, but I have also ability to do in English too if I can get help of your side. Just I need guidance of work and vision of creation. I can give time as much as need. I am lyricist, novel, drama and fiction books writer even for kids too.
    I am severely disabled by polio from my birth there is not any bond, barriers and borders to stop my journey of life. I can move to my goal and can do as my best. My creation is repleted with disability and social world to encourage the spirit of life.
    I have 3 books publishing plan in future.
    1- literacy of poem ( English)
    2-Literacy of story of life ( English) written by women with severely disability
    3-Literacy of drama ( fiction book in English) my self

    I promised from today I want to make active my life to connect with your respective company. I am willing to get The training will focus on either the Manuscript Editorial or Design & Production side of publishing to develop my creative writing.
    so, I explain you a lots words because I trust in you…
    thanking you

    hasta gautam Mridul
    13105 Lipton Loop
    Del Valle, TX 78617

  3. November 8, 2011 1:33 pm

    I am starting a campaign of sorts to get the NHS to realise the way they deal with disabled people on specialist pump waiting lists is very cruel. This will affect only a few people but i feel it is nether the less important and has wider implications around how the family carers of disabled people are taken into account when putting patients on to endless waiting lists. for further reading regarding.

    • ANNIS permalink
      July 30, 2012 5:53 pm

      I agree with you Angela, it is apolling the way patients especially with disabilities are treated in NHS hospitals and its worse in the wards after the visitors have left. Something needs to done about it. I have complained so many times, I think they have me black listed! Also what do clinics state about zero attitude to anti social behaviour from patients- they are public services who should see anyone regardless of the attitude shown them. In fact the GPs and Nurses etc should be extra polite to all patients (Patients are suffering otherwise they would not be in the clinic for assistance) Maybe if the hospitals could forget about making money and spend a little more time of quality patient care they might have less anti social behaviour issues and less patient to medicate. I dread NHS medical care in the UK.

      • August 27, 2015 7:01 am

        Wrong, nothing is more likely to get you bad treatment than a bad or hostile attitude, Stop thinking about it all from your point of view; nurses and doctors (and receptionists) are people with feelings too, and very hard jobs. An ungrateful selfish attitude helps nobody, least of all you. You clearly do not like to encounter a bad attitude yourself, yet you expect other people to be nice to you if you have one – how self-centred can one get?

  4. canton permalink
    March 18, 2012 12:05 am

    Anybody heard any new news on Marcus Hilton and his stem cell treatment?

  5. Jessica Liptrot permalink
    March 18, 2012 12:34 pm

    I am sorry please excuse the first post.


    Please excuse this direct contact.

    I am a final year student at Southampton Solent University taking a BA in Fashion with Photography.

    Throughout my years here I have being following campaigns to promote diversity in fashion advertising such as Body Gossip, All Walks

    For my final project I am developing a PR and Advertising campaign to promote diversity.

    The basis of it is a 24 page brochure which will feature people of all ages, sizes body shapes able bodied and people with disabilities.

    Along side this are billboard adverts, leaflets. The models will be “genuine” people that reflect reality.

    The title of the campaign is FASHIONING REALITY.

    As part of the project the brochure would be sent to fashion designers, photographers and retailers. It is designed to put pressure on them to try and convince them that the models reflect real people, are all equal and there should be more inclusion in their campaigns.
    The persons featured in the brochure will model clothes they feel comfortable with. In their individual biography they will give their personal views on fashion.
    I am hoping to include comments from one or two of the UK participants in the Para Olympics with whom I have made contact with.

    The above line advertising is to create ‘fashion heroes’ out of real people which the general public can identify with thus creating a demand for the diversity of clothes.

    I have been in touch with Shannon Murray separately to ask for her views, and she has given me an interview and permission to use her quotes.

    Could you also help me and be prepared to be involved in the project.

    Would you be prepared to write an article on the brochure on views of fashion likes, dislikes, and problems in finding clothes to suit? Your general views on the lack of diversity in fashion models, advertising.
    The idea of the campaign is to put pressure on designers, retailers and the media to be more inclusive.
    Also have you any comments on my project?

    I realise you are busy but any assistance you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
    Any information is only used for the project and viewed by the assessors.
    Many thanks for taking time to read this.

    Kind regards


    Jessica Liptrot

  6. samedifference1 permalink*
    March 18, 2012 12:42 pm

    Hi Jessica,

    If you would like to write a short press release type publicity post and send it to I would be glad to publish it.

    Have you heard of Models Of Diversity? If not can I suggest you look them up and contact them too.

    Good luck with your studies


  7. Dylan Thompson permalink
    June 4, 2012 12:34 am

    Dear Riam,

    Years ago we were friends.. Been trying to contact you these last few years. But you have down what many have tried.. To be uncontactable. Would be nice to have a catch up some time.


  8. November 13, 2012 10:24 am


    I work with a company that specialises in providing homes for those that need supported living. I feel a little uncomfortable about adding to this forum as we have some homes that need good tenants from this sector of society…and my motives may be misconstrued as purely commercial. At the mo the addresses in question are all in NW England, though we do work in any region. This is not a sales pitch…I just want to spread the message that we have some housing opportunities that some people might benefit from. If you’re intrested, or know of others that might be, take a look using the link below.



  9. samedifference1 permalink*
    November 13, 2012 11:15 am

    Hi Amanda,

    I don’t take your post as a sales pitch. As long as the housing opportunities you write about are aimed at people with disabilities, it is perfectly all right for you to publicise them here.

    Best wishes

    • November 13, 2012 11:34 am

      Thanks, we are such a committed group of people…this type of housing is all that we do…we’re only small but effective…making our voice heard is not easy in this age of new technology, but we’re getting there. Thank you so much for being understanding. Let’s hope we can find people who might be interested in a new home.



      • August 27, 2015 7:09 am

        Surely ‘new technology’ is making it easier than ever to get your voice heard? How else did you get here, elastic bands and lollysticks?

  10. February 5, 2013 9:57 am

    Hello all affected by bedroom tax if so link below to well researched information and support

  11. May 19, 2013 6:54 pm

    I have just now been looking at your page of the transcript of the interview with Collin Brewer. It is very difficult for anyone to read, because the font is a very light grey on a white background. It would be very nice if someone could please change that.

  12. November 2, 2013 5:42 pm

    Thank goodness i came across your site on facebook im hoping with the article regarding housing threatening to call cas if rent is not paid is similar yet different from what London housing DID AND IS DOING to me. Yes thats right me and my husband are recovering addict’s and always will be addicts even though we will NEVER use again. At one point in time me and my husband probly did deserved to be evicted how ever the reasons why i was at the tribunal were not the reasons we should have been evicted, we just fought loudly alot over our use or over who got more or less and how we were sick and needed our “fix’. I>>>>We were never a problem for prostitution or distribution of narcotics nor have the police EVER called or attended my place for these reasons. Luckily we now have been clean for over a year and he has since moved into his own apt to avoid me losing mine due to ongoing false complaints from neighbors and housings ridiculous reasons to enter and keep entering my home and to hopefully stop housing from trying to evict me. Also because every time he was over a neighbor (one specifically) was/is jealous and would call the cops or complain to housing with false complaints to hopefully insure my husband stopped coming around and possibly have me face yet again ANOTHER trip to the tribunal, POSSIBLY EVEN CHARGES LAID or ANOTHER FINE. Bottom line the issue im having with housing is that i was recently pregnant, i have had no calls to cas from my methadone dr who you would think would be the first to call IF i was a concern or would not be fit to parent my baby, my prenantal dr, the social worker (not from childrens aid society of london ont) or anyone who actually did see and care for me during my pregnancy. . How ever oddly enough and i wont mention her name unless its ok,the lady who works for the support worker at london housing ( not to mention shes suppose to HELP with addictions,l support, personal issues with neighbours NOT go behind your back and just call to complain without trying to resolve the hissue or offer any kind of support or help to me,l you think she would especially regarding me being pregnant and clearly trying to stay outta trouble) called cas and told them that i was selling crystal meth, weed, herion and who knows wut else outta my apt, that im prostituting myself( the london police services even called in with the same stories even though i do not have a criminal record nor have i ever even been pulled over for any of these reasons and there will be no history of this stuff anywhere! im thinking lawsuit definition of character and misleading could be a lawsuit i have on london police as well if possible please send me al ink or any info that can help me with this subject). This is totally not true and never has been, nor has the police attended my apt for these reasons even up to this date nor does she have any solid proof or will be able to get it cuz there is none.On september 10th 2013 i was given a 24 hour notice for intent to enter my apt for `house keeping and possible illegal tenants“ are the reasons used to have to let them in as its a must to make sure im meeting these requirements., Therefore i was aware of housings upcoming visit and of course cleaned up my already clean house by swept and mop floors and organized, pretty much i did things that only needed to be done like once a month but knew how housing is, always trying to get me evicted or filling to get me evicted or warning me i will be evicted if i didnt do such and such. so clearly i MADE SURE (atleast thought i did) that there was no reason for them to file for an eviction like they did last time they inspected my home. for these same exact reasons. (which ended up being withdrawn cuz i had notes from welfare that contradicted what housing told the judge, hence i could prove they lied to try and evict me and did it illegally by refusing my payment and i had to actually pay at tribunal then housing denies they ever did this) anyways . due to being 7 pregnant and not being able to move anything heavy my TWO friends came over that morning to help empty the air conditioner bucket as it was full and assist in my dogs daily walks and exercise, Also to have them as witness`s since i have experienced how housing is wen you dont have proof and its your word against theirs. Also me and my husband were separated at this time and the man i was seeing was sleeping in my bed and was only his second night over EVER . My friends are in their early thirty’s and the man i was seeing is in his mid forties. Now heres the kicker housing also told cas that i had teenagers that day strewn all over my house in every room meanwhile housing wasnt even in my bedroom and the lady thought it was my husband in my bed (which clearly proves she didnt even get a look at the face of the person so how could she have known how old he or she was. Also that there was cigarette butts all over the floor, that since the ,last few months my husband has been in and out selling drugs along with me also, but yet ive pretty much been at his place and he has not been at my since sept if not since the end of aug, and my building has cameras to prove this. also saying the cops attended my resident at least 45 times in the last few months and that im using drugs as well. Im on methadone and get drug tested every week and have two carries which means ive been clean for ATLEAST four months!!!,When we were using yes the cops were there several timers ill admit, but since may 2012 the police have been there 6 times and not for these reasons mentioned i believe, and right now off the top of my head cannot rememeber what else but there is more! Now if my baby was here and in my care alive and living in my apt and what she is saying is true i can understand her having the right to call cas. How ever i was 7 months pregnant and my baby was not here yet therefore not in danger IF (once again) her allegations were true. So my question(s) are. Did the worker not breech some kind of my privacy, is there something i can do about this, End result, my baby was taken at birth. The only calls cas had was from a female neighbor, the police and housing, as i mentioned before no calls from anyone who pretty much seen me every two weeks and would not be able to fool them even if i did try. but housing who sees me maybe three times a year when they arent harassing me can know all of these things´´´´ and feel my UNBORN child is at danger, though has never seen nor checked in on me or my baby inquiring how i have been doing, coping, or progressing, if i needed help or wanted counselling with addictions or supports since i separated from my husband recently or how my pregnancy was going since i was a high risk pregnancy with placenta previa. they just assumed and lied on how i could or possibly would care for my baby and the welfare and cleanliness of my home (even though i knew they were coming 24 hrs before). My baby is gone and now housings trying to get me out saying i dont live there but yet just placed a child welfare being call to childrens aid about “supposed“ recent events and because of these false alligations cause me to lose my baby and possibly have a relapse under false pretences. I apologize for repeating myself and spelling but i have so much stuff to do and the police have done the same thing as housing and the funny thing is there is NOTTA one occurance number for reasons they have listed except for arguing and noise and not withing the last year and a half with 5 times exception and one of those was i was gone all night and my husband didnt get my message i was at a friends and the others were because of the police lyingf to my husband saying i was working when i wasnt and them having to come back out and calm him down, and tell him the details of the notes written and that somethings he was told about me were actually not true and were not said. Thanks, please help me get my newborn daughter back!!! She needs her mom and i need her im holding strong and so i s my husband but relapsing is just around the corner and for reasons that shouldnt even of happened in the first place. i would like to know my options and how i can or if ican complain on her i wanna go to tribunal and sue and report whats been going on under their noses as before i never really complained about the abuse and lies housing was saying about me as i had no reason to. Im at a loss for anything right now. Thanks< also this is the wife not fabio how ever im speaking on both our behalfs.

    • August 27, 2015 7:26 am

      Sorry about your situation which I hope has now improved, but you are wrong – arguing, fighting and noise are perfectly legitimate reasons for people to complain about you, and five exceptions in the previous 18 months shows that this period was not trouble free at all. Other people are entitled to expect peace and quiet at home, not frequent disturbance from arguing junkies. As a former addict I can sympathise with that aspect of your problem but some addicts behaviour causes a lot of problems for other people, perhaps you have been causing problems without realising it? Now you are experiencing the consequences. The only way to sort things out is to be pleasant, not confrontational. The length of your post makes me wonder if you were high when you wrote it?

  13. Roger Hughes permalink
    January 28, 2014 1:48 pm


    This is the first time I have posted here. I suspect I am like many here in that I’m appalled at the way this government has apparently declared war on the disabled, along with the sick and the umpemployed.

    They’re helped massively by the stream of lies and half-truths the Tabloid Press use in order to vilify people and paint them as ‘scroungers’.

    But most of all, I’m disgusted at the way the BBC is turning a blind eye to the government’s bullying tactics. This is why I have started a petition calling for a public inquiry into whether the government is exerting undue unfluence over the BBC. Here’s the link:

    It isn’t doing very well, so if you believe in what it’s calling for, please sign it and spread the link as far as you can. Thanks.

  14. Chris permalink
    August 29, 2014 6:37 pm

    For anyone under the illusion that Atos have quit and assessments are on hold, I hate to burst everyone’s bubble but Atos have not quit and are in fact continuing to do re/assessments until their contract expires in Aug 2015. How do I know? They told me themselves on the phone after they called me in for yet another assessment which is taking place on Mon 1st Sept.

    I was originally assessed in April 2013 to move me from IB and was placed in support group. I was told it would be at least 12 months before I’d get a recall, so like many others I was overjoyed when I read all the reports about them quitting because they are unfit for purpose. So I was horrified when the letter came.

    I phoned Atos, dwp, welfare rights and TUC but was told by all of them that Atos were carrying on until their contract was originally due to run out, Aug 2015.

    This stinks as far as I’m concerned. The Gov said they were unfit to do the job but they are letting them continue anyway!!!

    • August 27, 2015 7:30 am

      And now, it seems, they are back, as the government is unable to set up the IT needed without them. There is a blog here about that very subject. ATOS are appalling, though in the end they are only doing what the government paid them to do. Good luck, and don’t give up the fight!

  15. Amer1can999 permalink
    September 4, 2015 9:51 am

    Awful what I am seeing on the news these days about the Migrants plight

  16. Amer1can999 permalink
    September 4, 2015 9:53 am

    Anyone heard the news about Camerons turnaround this morning, looking to accept more Migrants?

  17. deb permalink
    September 15, 2015 7:43 pm

    i am disabled with m.e condition and back neck problem my landlord put up rent and I have only manage to get DHP till 1st December , I don’t have to apply for pip yet due to being indefinitely on DLA Im worried stiff , don’t wont to lose my home , I sufferer from anxiety and the stress of moving will kill me WHAT CAN I DO THEY SAY BCOS I HAVE 500.00 A MONTH ESA IN SUPPORT GROP I CAN AFFORED TO PAY , I SINGLE AND RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL MY BILLS WHAT HAS TO GIVE MY FOOD BUDGET ? ANY ADVISE thank you

  18. lorraine wareham permalink
    April 22, 2016 7:01 pm

    hi my daughter is 22 and has learning disability’s she lives’ at home with me her mum and always has she is due compensation but it has now been said she doesn’t have capacity so I’m told as her mother I have to a ply to the courts for legal guardianship is this right has anyone else done this it just feels so wrong, I am her appointee and her DLA is paid to me and I give it to her so why do I have to apply to the courts and pay £400 any advice, thanks lorraine

  19. June 22, 2016 9:58 pm

    Hello. What a fab website, I love it! I have started writing a blog about life with my severely disabled son and was wondering if you’d have a look and tell me what you think? Would be great to hear your views. Still very much a work in progress but the content is getting there…

    • June 22, 2016 10:22 pm

      I had a quick look, your blog looks great and I will do my best to keep up with it! Best wishes, Samedifference1

  20. peter mcclements permalink
    August 5, 2016 10:39 am

    E,S,A appeals,,i was lucky enough to win my tribunal on june 16th,,asessment and reconsiderations are a waste of time ,get in to see the doctor and judge and put your case across

  21. donna cross permalink
    May 23, 2017 4:16 am

    hi their itsreally very bad stopin pip all wancesas my enefits have gone right down from 307pounds to about 155 the lawrate disablty benefits how do you except to live on that as well now ineec loads of help with bud jeting as well an d personal care any way as i havr got rento pay aout 155 pounds as well cant afford to run ahouse on that as well they have got a cheek stopping peoples pio peoples all wances as well campaign to stop pip as well frpm dave owens

  22. donna cross permalink
    May 23, 2017 4:22 am

    mp areaload off rubbish as well now too one they dont do their jobs at all and its not cery fair you go to them for help they dont ewanto knowas steve rotherham waa uslesss as amp you useto go to him for help and all he do ne was one letter to meresy travel but that was all woulnt even do aletter to the west lan cashire district council about mymen tal heath oing down as well or my diabetics now flr astart no con cern when you waas up sey you useeto rimng the office up oh what can steve do for you that was hap[pneing all te time as well its bad for some opne that does suiffer from asberges syn dro ne as well

  23. donna cross permalink
    May 23, 2017 4:27 am

    now rise the debt adice placeon scotland road liverpool one surpose to be3 aspecialist debt adivce thney never even put areort ion for the judge as well asmary maxwell gopt in touch with my sugery no reort was even put in at all showed no coln cerns at all that was stugglking getiing my ewnefits back as well then you get nasty advisory customers advisors their as well they sai d tome when i was up set oh i have been on the phone long enough have to termate your calls which is not very nice at all and she wasnt very n ice at all

  24. donna cross permalink
    May 23, 2017 4:29 am

    onw when idod entuion austism spectum disoder now too oh that doesnt mean anyt form of shape or size so autsm is ajoke for some one who as got adiosabltys now too as well

  25. donna cross permalink
    May 23, 2017 4:33 am

    fed up with not haveing mymonenow too as the goverment is really very heart less as wellnow too they have axted all the benefits and lefyt me wigh out any money at all
    no servces for adukts who have asberges syn drome as wellnow too nothing to do in liverpol

  26. donna cross permalink
    May 23, 2017 4:40 am

    now one too should not havetoi stop peoples benefits as well too iwas getting benefits off about 307 pounds every week on the old sevre disablty all wancesthen they cut my enefits rigjt down to about 146 aweek then when its gone you are struglinf finaclly as well

  27. donna cross permalink
    May 23, 2017 4:46 am

    fed upwithe liverpol city council one joke they dont help vunerable people at all and whden they come out to aasseyour needs nothing dioesnt get done at all itsreally very bad commnity care policys as well now toounder the commnity care act 1990 as well itsboreing sitting at hime with nothing to do at all in the day time

  28. Bruno permalink
    July 8, 2017 9:08 am

    The way DLA to PIP & ESA assessments are currently done is a veritable culling. In particular, why those with a CHRONIC illness keep being re-assessed, in spite of solid and irrefutable medical evidence? A chronic illness will never go away, that’s why it’s called chronic. Why is the final decision made by someone who has never met you, let alone who has not performed a proper medical examination on you? Why has the decision of a faceless bureaucrat more weight than that of a medical specialist/consultant? Write to your MP and ask them to question this in parliament.

  29. December 2, 2017 2:50 pm

    Does anyone else find PIP confusing? I have created a help guide and an info graphic to help people understand the component breakdown and point system of Personal Independence Payment. I would strongly recommend not applying for PIP until you have complete knowledge of the new process and assessment.

    It is also worth considering re-applying for PIP if you feel the first time you applied, you did not provide enough information or evidence and you believe your rate your be higher. There is a quick self assessment link on my guide that links to another website, which is a wealth of information to help you.

  30. June 25, 2019 10:08 am

    what are the attributes that make a person qualify for SSI?

    • June 25, 2019 10:18 am

      I’m not sure SSI is a UK benefit. If you’re not in the UK maybe one of our international readers can help.

      • June 26, 2019 10:37 am

        I hope someone can help in elaborating. As I m from the USA.


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