Hello from LDCM! We hope you are not suffering from the January blues and are by now into the swing of 2018. We are adhering to our New Years resolution to update our blog regularly and subsequently came across the story in the news this week that the Department for Transport issued a statement that people with hidden disabilities such as brain injuries or autism could soon be entitled to blue badge car parking permits under new proposals. The DfT said the change would make it easier for people with hidden conditions to travel to work, socialise and access shops and services in England.
We know that difficulties with accessing the community can come about not just from physical difficulties, but also problems such as anxiety, sensory overload and changeable energy levels. This change of step from the DfE would benefit a huge number of people struggling to live an independent life having a positive effect on both the person living with their condition and the families and carers that live and work with them.
The full article can be viewed here https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/21/new-blue-badge-parking-permit-rules-benefit-people-autism-dementia-hidden-disabilities
Thinking of winter blues, are you considering a holiday for someone with additional needs? As bespoke case management specialists we are often asked to arrange holidays catering for our clients specific needs. Often the thought of a long haul or transatlantic flight might be a limiting factor in the client’s choice of destination. We would recommend contacting the Tryb4ufly service available at the mobility centres in Leeds, Birmingham and Surrey.
The Tryb4uFly service provides information and advice for children and adults with disabilities who are thinking about travelling by air. This comprises individual cabin assessments, free information about flying with a disability and hire of equipment to help make your journey easier.
Assessments are completed by a trained occupational therapist who will guide you through boarding the aircraft, the wheelchair transfer options and support systems available on the aircraft. This enables you to get the real experience of what it is like on board the aircraft giving the service users and carers confidence to travel.
You can find all things Tryb4uFly here. http://tryb4ufly.co.uk/