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The changes to disability benefit will further convolute the system—and waste money

By Selina Mills   August 2011

I was already blind in my right eye. Now, my left has a milky post-anterior cataract that cannot be removed (it’s too dangerous). This leaves me with about 15 per cent vision on a bright sunny day, and about 5 to 10 per cent on a dull cloudy day. I’ve continued my day-to-day life, no longer seeing the edges of stairs, traffic coming towards me, and the numbers on buses. I’ve started mobility lessons with a white cane, and I’m on the waiting list for a guide dog. I’m keen to keep working (I’ve been a journalist for many years),…

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