Despite my various illness, I try desperately to support myself, and work from home as a Virtual Administrator. However as my disabilities have worsened I have had to take on less stressful roles which has meant my earning capacity has reduced. Because of this I am not always able to get the things I need, especially office equipment. My office chair, which was one specially bought to meet my health requirements, broke. The chair cost £800, but was a dream but I could not afford to get a replacement so I settled for chair that had lumber supports and other adjustments. After 3 months that broke, I got another replacement and that has also broke. Each time feel the chairs are doing me more harm than good as my back problems and knees have got worse. Anyway I heard about Access to work and rang them for a telephone assessment. They said based on my issues, and as I am self employed, I was eligible for funding. The sent an assessor to my home to see my working environment and they would see if I needed anything. The assessor came yesterday and spent about 1.5 hours looking at my chair, and how I sit in it, she asked me what issues I have and measured me. I was very pleased as she recommended funding for a new specialist chair with built in adjustable lumber support, a foot rest, arms rests and voice recognition software with training, so when my hands and wrists are sore and aching I can just talk to the PC and it will type. She said because of the Fibro, chronic fatigue and sleep apnoea which sometimes leaves me exhausted and bed bound I could apply for funding for a laptop which could be sync to my pc and allow me to work whilst in bed. She could not recommend it but would include it in the report so my advisor would be aware of my need. I spoke to my advisor who said that as long as it was included in the report and it would assist me to work with my disability, then he would request funding for it.
I am absolutely over the moon that there is help for those wanting to work and support themselves. Working is so much more rewarding than having to rely on ESA.