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TOPIC: Mail handling Wolverhampton

PIP MR 8 months 1 week ago #225802

Chris

It sounds fine, the only query I have is the distances that you quote for moving around in your home, they seem overly long, I live in a house so that may explain some of the difference but the toilet is only 7.5m from where I normally sit and the maximum distance I can walk, front door to back door is around 18m.

It's well worth your time measuring them.

Gordon
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PIP MR 8 months 1 week ago #225815

Gordon,

The distances 20-40m are return journeys but I took my tape measure out to get a more accurate reading and found that where I normally sit to the actual toilet itself is 9m, so there and back is 18m. From where I sit to the kitchen sink which is one of the longest, is 13 m, so there and back 26m. So indeed, the longest return journey is 26m, but most are less.
Thank you for pointing that out. Should I provide one-way distances, and specifiy that I can cover the distance plus the journey back or it doesn't really matter?

Chris

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PIP MR 8 months 1 week ago #225826

Chris

If you can manage the return journey without a significant problem then I would just mention the single trip distance, if you do have a problem then you should talk about the distance that you can reliably walk.

Also, remember this is in regard to what you can do on the majority of days.

Gordon

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PIP MR 8 months 6 days ago #225885

Gordon,

I have a query regarding the activity 'mixing with other people', in particular 'needs social support to engage with other people'. The descriptor seems to focus on emotions of anxiety and distress. But can it be met by other emotions such as intense anger?

Due to a severe sound processing disorder, many sounds people make trigger a strong anger reaction and I have no choice but to leave the scene. If I'm with someone who knows me, she may be able to ask the person to stop making the sound, and help me calm down and get back in to continue the interaction. Please note, I have never caused harm to someone as a result.

Chris

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PIP MR 8 months 6 days ago #225890

Chris

I don't think there is any reason why you cannot use your anger as a reason for being unable to mix with others but I do think you will need to spend more time to expand on the "social support" aspect.

“Social support” means support from a person trained or experienced in assisting people to engage in social situations. Whilst there is Case Law which states that this does not have to be a professional it does have to be someone who special knowledge of your problems and can recognise the trigger sounds that cause you a problem, you will need to explain this in some detail.

Gordon
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PIP MR 8 months 3 days ago #225933

Gordon,

In my MR submission, there is one activity where I'm not certain which score applies best to me. In Engaging with people, I'm not sure to what degree support from someone with knowledge of my sound processing disorder would actually help. So the majority of the time, I can't engage with people cos it goes wrong, but someone with specialist knowledge may help, however it is uncertain.

Is it best that I just leave it open for the DM to decide how many points I'm entitled for my difficulties engaging with people, or should I be clear about what I believe is my entitlement, in this case either 4 points (needs social support), or 8 points (cannot engage because of severe emotional response)? Thank you.

I talked to my best friend today (she understands my condition very well), and she reminded me that I can't go to restaurants, pubs, social gatherings, share a meal or drink, share a bed, I live on my own and often do not engage with anyone for several days.

Chris

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