Learning to drive and change of circumstances for PIP

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Hi all,

I hope you are all well....

I dont know where to start but here it goes,

I do not know if people remember me but i was having struggles learning to drive as i have dwarfism and no instructor within 100 metres could help me or teach me, to me that was my dead end.

I went to CAB and other charities for advice and was told i should really be getting mobility for PIP and it was very strange how i am not... 

I reported change of circumstances for PIP in January, my GP wrote a medical letter which took forever and got a few witness statements who are family friends... anyways DWP received this on 13th March after long delay from GP. I have always had problems walking, standing and i just get on with it because what can i do? I am to the point now where i cannot get on with it....

I have my appointment for my assessment next Wednesday.

After weeks and weeks of searching the internet for help on what i can do to learn to drive my father was saving and brought me a Vauxhall Corsa 2002 AUTOMATIC for me to learn to drive AND I CAN REACH THE PEDALS!!! even though i am close to the steering wheel but i always will be because of my arms, i found a normal instructor who was willing to teach me in my car and i have had 2 lessons already and i have driven all over, used junctions and roundabouts... even booked my test for June!!!

I just thought i would update and i will update again after my assessment....

Thank you xxx 

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    Hi Natalie, that's great news, i'm very happy for you that you've managed to find a car to suit you. Good luck with those lessons and good luck with the assessment on Wednesday. Don't forget a few days after the assessment you can ring DWP to ask for a copy of the assessment report. Do come back and let us know the outcome.

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    Awww that’s fantastic news there’s nothing like driving I know I couldn’t be without my car...good luck for your test xxx
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    Well done natalie, it shows how persistence can pay dividends. Driving a car is my only release, otherwise I would be trapped indoors. I was lucky enough to get higher rate mobility with my dla and am dreading the "invitation" to apply for pip.

    Best of luck for your assessment and I hope you get the benefits you need.


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      @natalie21584  Well done, natalie, I am very pleased for you, good luck with your driving.  I have never had the nerve to learn to drive, I admire anyone who has.
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    Sounds promising.

    Another solution for driving would be to use hand controls only.

    Good luck with your test.

    Sarah xx


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