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    Hi,

    I am not sure what to do really and whether anything is applicable to me, but I'll just explain my situation, and any help will be much appreciated.

    I had a bad cold last October and then sudden dizziness and spinning vertigo, and lost all ability to balance - 3months later I could finally get out of bed, and the dr said - Labyrinthitis

    Feb-April - I saw an Otolaryngologist who diagnosed Labyrinthitis as a cause to my continued off balance and dizziness and vertigo due to vestibular damage. I also suffer from tinnitus as a result.

    May - July - I am still not right, have had one audiology appointment for vestibular rehab therapy, and I do the therapy on my own 3 times a day - desperation to get better is an awesome motivator!

    My issue is I am meant to be starting Speech and Language Therapy - requires occ health form, of which I mentioned that I have had these issues - this Sept, I cannot defer, but I am still not 100%

    Is being off balance (I walk and then tilt off to the side, almost like being drunk) , visual stimulated vertigo (stripes are evil, slatted blinds are evil, busy patterns, shop lighting, etc are triggers,) and the brain fogginess I feel from all of the vestibular damage, classed as a disability? I'm not so great on stairs, the rehab is helping with getting more confident in being on my own again... so I am getting better, just very slowly... my memory currently is fairly useless, and I have to note everything down - been told as my brain is overloaded with visual signals to keep me upright, I will feel exhausted and brain foggy and forgetful....

    Is there anything the uni can do to help me? I haven't contacted the uni directly, as I assumed the occ health would have after receiving the form...

    Best part is, I look fine, unless someone is sitting directly opposite me and then I look like I am swaying side to side gently.... but to me it feels like everything else is moving, not me... like being on a ship that's tilting 24/7

    Any help / advice/ others who have experienced this / anything is appreciated... I had hoped (as each month passed) I would suddenly be healthy again, but I am seriously doubting in just under 2 months I'll feel 'back to normal'......

    Thanks, Em
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    SFE are now applying the definition of the Equality Act to identify a disability which states:

    A person is disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a 'substantial' and 'long-term' negative effect on their ability to do normal daily activities. 'Substantial' is more than minor or trivial - e.g. it takes much longer than it usually would to complete a daily task like getting dressed. 'Long-term' means 12 months or more.

    This is the 'measure' they are using. If you live in Wales this is not coming in until 2015/16.
 
 
 
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