Hello! My name is Jasper, I live in the North East of the UK and work as a self-employed benefits adviser and inclusion trainer.
I have an MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology so I have a medical background, which has really helped with understanding the complexity of my own and others' conditions when applying for disability benefits available in the UK and Ireland.
My main condition is hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome among others. I am a full-time wheelchair user (I am very prone to self-customising of my chair, Ffion!) and I am also profoundly Deaf and autistic. Please be aware of this when communicating as it means I will have a BSL interpreter and need emails to be direct and to the point.
Being disabled myself, I saw that so many Deaf and disabled people still really could not access disability benefits because the questions on the claim form alone were overwhelming. I started off supporting all my friends as they went through the process, knowing it well from my own personal experience with the system. I know first-hand how stressful this can be. Although there are a few places that do help with filling out forms, that is usually the extent. I can offer insight from my first-hand experience, breaking down all the medical jargon, and understand the added anxiety when trying to decide whether to disclose your gender identity/sexuality.