A handicap that is not recognised

PUBLISHED: 12:31 28 September 2006 | UPDATED: 10:57 06 May 2010

Congratulations to Denise Morris for her story ( Trauma of hidden handicap , Comet September 21). My son also suffers from dyspraxia and although he is 22 years old, he is more like a 15-year-old. This handicap is not recognised by many people, many have

Congratulations to Denise Morris for her story ('Trauma of hidden handicap', Comet September 21). My son also suffers from dyspraxia and although he is 22 years old, he is more like a 15-year-old.

This handicap is not recognised by many people, many have never heard of it.

However, most people are aware of the consequences. My son was always bullied as a child but the parents of the bullies did not see him as disabled. As Mrs Morris said, if my son was wheelchair bound people would understand more. As dyspraxia is not obvious the understanding is not there.

Care for children and adults who have dyspraxia is time consuming and takes a lot of effort. Help is there in monetary form if you apply for Disability Living Allowance. The forms are long-winded and do not always allow you to tick the right boxes. Dyspraxia, as far as I know, is not curable. So why do we have to re-apply for care allowance? Does someone with lost limbs have to re-apply every so often? Their legs or arms will not grow back. My son's dyspraxia will not go away with time.

It is about time people are made aware of this condition and its problem (for both the sufferer and the people closest to them). How many more people out there are hiding away from the condition? They are not naughty children or problematic adults, they are disabled people, and as such they need respect and understanding.

ALAN CARTER

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