To clear things up about registering as disabled (becuase it really winds me up that people still make out that you have to be registered disabled to recieve their service or conscession)
Registering as disabled was abolished when the DDA came into force, some (alot) of local authroities have a disabilty register but it is merely for their benefit to plan services better. You do not have to be registered disabled to recieve any support, consession, legal support,benefit or anything else disabliliy related. Ignore the Directgov website info on registering disabled as it is not phrased properly and has been complained about many times by various disabiltiy charities to change the info on registeration. You are still perfectly able to state on job applications that you are disabled if you are not registered. You are covered by the DDA whether you are registered or not. The disability register only exists now so local authorities can keep a tab on how many disabled people they have in their area. but legally you do not have to register disabled to recieve any service, benefit or consession (eg a disabled persons bus pass) so if anyone tells you you have to be registered they are wrong. Some local authroties no longer have a register and more are getting rid of their register becuase of the confusion that some people have about its purpose.
You are still protected under the Disabilty Discrimination Act if you are not registered disabled and job applications should no longer ask if you are registered but rather 'do you define yourself as disabled'. If a job application, or application for a benefit or service, asks if you are registered disabled they are breaking the law by askign you this. You do not have to by law state you have a disabiltiy, even if you do have one, on job applications, but it does make it easier to get support. If you state you are disabled on a job application this information does not get passed onto the interview panel so when you go to an interview they will not know if you have a disability unless you state that you need special arrangements for the interterview eg a sign language interpretur needed.
Don't confuse registering as blind or partially sighted with registering disabled because registration of being blind and partially sighted is very differnt. This is used to certify that a persons sight is below a certain level. Again you do not by law have to be registered as blind or paritally sighted to recieve services but a person will be registered once their sight drops below a certain level by a dr and social worker to ensure their local social services are aware of the person in order to place them in the sightloss support team to gain urgent support.
Here is some info on registration from a legal site just to clarify things becuase it winds me up that people refuse someone a service or concession if they are not registered disabled. (according to the disabilty charities its now seen as offensive and discriminatory to ask someone if they are registered disabled and it is also seen as the same that local authorities still hold registers and is something that is continuing to be challenged).
Below are a list of the most common myths of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA):
1. A disabled person has to be registered disabled
There is currently no register of disabled people, there used to be, but the disabled register was abolished when the DDA came into force, therefore a person has to show that they fulfil the definition of disabled person under the DDA to be considered disabled.....However a person who is registered blind, has either cancer, HIV or MS are automatically considered disabled from the point of diagnosis. (local authority registars are not the same as the old type of registration and do not provide any legal or other type of carification of disability and should not be used to determine a persons eligibility for services. Local authority registers of disabled people are merely for councils use only in order to plan services. It is against the law to refuse someone a service if they are not on their local authority register and disabled people should not be made to feel that they must register in order to access any service, benefit or conscession as this register is has no legal standing.)
2. Does receiving Disability Living Allowance mean that I am registered disabled?
As above no, because the definition of disabled person under the DDA and the definition for Disability Living Allowance are completely different, however receiving Disability Living Allowance is evidence that another organisation accepts that you are disabled.
3. A disabled person must declare they are disabled when applying for a job!
This is untrue, although there are a few exceptions, if a person however is asked as part of a formal medical background then they must declare it, this is due to Health & Safety grounds, however the mere fact that a person is disabled should not be used to discriminate against them and a disabled employee has the right to complain to an employment tribunal or court if they consider that this is the case.
hope this clears things up about registering as disabled.