A place for family carers to find information, resources and useful links relating to Learning Disabilities (inlcuding Autism).
NEW "PLEASE OFFER ME A SEAT" BADGE AND CARD
TFL has launched a new badge and card to help customers who are less able to stand, get a seat when they need one.
The “Please offer me a seat” badge and card are aimed to alert fellow customers on Public Transport that you are in need of a seat. Following a successful trial, customers said the badge and card made them feel more confident asking for a seat.
NEW DISABILITY CARDS
ID and discount cards for people with disabilities
Many people use a recent DLA letter or a copy of the SEN statement or EHC Plan to prove that they or a member of your family has a disability. Having proof of a disability may help to:
- get concessionary rates or free entrance for a carer at some attractions
- explain a disability is not immediately obvious, such as autistic, global developmental delay
- avoid queues in areas of difficulty such as theme parks (although there is no guarantee of this)
Disability ID cards with a photo are available and avoid people having to carry their paperwork. An Islington ID card was developed by Centre 404 and has been in use for many years. New or replacement Islington ID cards are no longer available from Centre 404 as a new National Disabled Identification Card (DID) is now available.
Information about Disabled Identification Card can be found here: http://www.did-card.co.uk/index.php
The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed for UK cinemas and entitles you to one free ticket for the person who is accompanying a disabled person to the cinema. https://www.ceacard.co.uk/)
UK BENEFITS GUIDE
We have put together a guide of benefits in the UK including: Carers Allowance, ESA, DLA, PIP, National Insurance Credits, JSA, Working Tax Credits, Support For Mortgage Interest, Universal Credit, Housing Benefit and Benefit Cap. Centre 404 Supporting Families Team might be able to help with information, advice and application forms for some of those benefits and can also signpost you to the right service. Call the Supporting Families Team on 02076971325 for more information.
Click here to download an UK benefit guide and find out what you might be entitled to