Disability Enabling and Empowerment Project (Leic’s) (DEAEP) was set up in 2013 in response to identified needs; disabled, chronically sick and vulnerable people are increasingly required to demonstrate their need for the financially support necessary to survive, both often in employment, as well as not.
DEAEP is a social not for profit business that offers accredited training to sick and disabled people, unemployed, and other vulnerable individuals. The training experience enables participants to, knowledgeably and confidently, actively support others during times of extreme stress; this could be attending ATOS assessments and, or to participate in social and community engagement.
So far we have a 100% success rate with people we have helped.
The rationale behind DEAEP:
Anyone who’s disabled or chronically ill in the UK 2013, is only to well aware of the devastating effects of The Welfare Reform Bill, whether it be someone on Incapacity Benefit (IB) waiting for the dreaded assessment onto Employment Support Allowance (ESA); a new claimant for ESA after losing their job, or a current ESA recipient who’s almost at the one year cut off time. It might be a Disability Living Allowance (DLA) recipient waiting for the claim form to apply for the new Personal Independence Payment (PiP)
These are just some of the ways that Welfare Reform is affecting those of us too ill to work or live with the ever increasing costs of being disabled.
What these changes all have in common is the growing number of ‘assessments’ we’re all forced to undergo.
Many of us who have already experienced the cold, inhumane and in some cases, downright dangerous process of being assessed by ATOS, already know the associated costs of these visits have on our health; from waiting for that now dreaded brown envelope, the energy it takes to complete the overly long, complex claim forms, the stress caused by actual ‘assessment’, through to the wait for the decision made at the DWP by a low level civil servant who might have had two days training in disability!
And then given that Sickness benefit appeals are up by 70% we are forced to enter the process of appealing.
None of this is news to many of us and many more disabled and sick people will also be au-fait with this process soon.
Many people on social networks like Facebook & Twitter have expressed the view that when they have someone to help them through this experience, whether it be form filling, support at ‘assessments’ or at appeal it has helped them; and it is this that DEAEP aims to do.
We can offer free accredited training for people to skill them up to then act as ‘supporters’ through this process.
We also can help with support at hospital/GP visits or in fact anywhere sick and disabled people feel having someone at their side to prompt them tell their story and get the truth across.
The training programme will also help participants in other areas, and can open doors to further education or even employment.
So if you are interested or require our help please contact us atwww.deaepleicester.moonfruit.com.
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