Re: Blue Badge disabled parking
Your local council probably don't understand if you have severe ongoing spinal problems, because most scoliosis patients rarely have longterm difficulties with walking before or after surgery. The council probably just looked the condition up and assumed that you're an ordinary case and therefore aren't eligible for the Blue Badge
You should apply again, or appeal if appeals are allowed, but send in evidence of having a permanent disability - a letter from your consultant or your GP supporting your application would help. Your LA may send you for an independent assessment if they don't approve your application after that.
It can be easier to apply for Disability Living Allowance because everyone who qualifies for Higher Rate Mobility automatically gets a Badge if they want one.
ETA sorry, Lucy - I just remembered that you had surgery just a three months ago. For DLA you need to have a longterm disability (that's considered to be something that will last at least six months without improving) and - if you can walk at all - be unable to walk further than 100 metres without severe discomfort. The Blue Badge is assessed by councils on similar grounds. I think there really should be a "short term" badge that can be issued for people who are recovering from complex spinal surgeries and severe leg breaks, who may not be eligible for the usual Blue Badge.
[SIZE="1"]37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.[/SIZE]