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Hi I gave rheumatoid arthritis in both hands waiting for injections Also have osteoarthritis in hip and knee my work finished me due to being unfit for role when do you become classed as disabled


  • Mike1Mike1 Member Posts: 1,325

    The definition is set out in section 6 of the Equality Act 2010. It says you're disabled if: you have a physical or mental impairment, that impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

  • AnnaAnna Moderator Posts: 225

    Hello @Peonie and welcome to the online community.

    You have had to leave work due to rheumatoid arthritis in your hands and osteoarthritis in your knee and hip and you are wondering when you can be classed as disabled.

    There's quite a bit of information online about becoming registered disabled, and Citizen's Advice can help steer you through the process as it can seem quite complicated. You might like to look through the link below - it's a brief summary from Citizen's Advice and it's a good start:

    There are also quite a few members of the online community who are knowledgeable about this area too, learned from their own experience. You could look through some of the other posts ( click on 'life with arthritis' then 'work and financial' ) and you might find some useful suggestions. Members may also have some other links and suggestions that they will share with you.

    Do let us know how you are getting on.

    Anna (mod) : )

  • Mike1Mike1 Member Posts: 1,325

    There is no such thing as becoming Registered Disabled anymore. The Disabled Persons Register ceased to exist from December 1996 following the coming into force of the ​​Disability Discrimination Act 1995. There is currently no national register of people with disabilities. Some local authorities may operate voluntary registers in their areas which are used by local authorities to ​plan future services.

  • PeoniePeonie Member Posts: 4

    Thanks for info

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