A bus pass (or other travel concession) is available to local citizens if they are aged 60 and over, they are physically disabled, they have a learning difficulty or they would be refused a driving licence. Eligibility is automatic if the applicant is already in receipt of other services as a result of their age/disability.
The disabled facilities grant scheme provides financial assistance towards the cost of essential adaptation work to make a house fit for a disabled person.
Designated parking bay areas may be provided for registered disabled drivers (i.e. blue badge holders). These may be on-street parking bays outside the residents home where parking difficulties are experienced or marked bays within residential car parks.
Blue parking badges allow cars carrying people who are registered blind or people who have severe walking difficulties to be parked near shops, stations and other facilities. Blue Badges can only be issued to people who meet the eligibility criteria, not to relatives or carers. They can be used in any car the badge holder is driving or is a passenger in.
Advice and support on training and employment available to people with physical, sensory or other disabilities. This includes advice on legal issues surrounding employment. The advice may be provided by the local authority or through third party organisations and includes schemes such as 'Supported Employment Schemes'.
Advice and support for those with special needs who may wish to seek full-time or part time employment. This may include advice to employers on the requirements of relevant legislation.
The taxi card scheme allows people with serious mobility impairment who find it difficult to use buses or trains to travel in a black taxi at subsidised rates. To qualify applicants must have a long term or permanent illness or disability, which prevents them from using or significantly limits their use of public transport.
If a client is visually impaired, hard of hearing or has other disabilities for which he/she may need special equipment or adaptations to his/her home the local authority will provide such equipment which will assist in overcoming difficulties subject to an assessment of personal needs to determine eligibility.
Rehabilitation provides people with physical and sensory disabilities with help to recover and regain their independence often following an illness or injury/stay in hospital. A care worker will provide advice on how to cope with illness or disability, or organise the provision of aids and equipment to help in everyday tasks.
The Motability Scheme provides disabled people with safe, reliable and affordable personal transport through a contract or hire purchase arrangement. Cars account for 99% of the Scheme's activities, with powered wheelchairs and scooters making up the balance.
A rail card (or other travel concession) is available to local citizens if they are aged 60 and over, they are physically disabled or they have a learning difficulty. Eligibility for a rail card or a combined travel concession card will need to be assessed. Depending on the degree of need the rail card may offer either free travel or travel at a reduced rate.
A sensory room is a place where children, including those with a disability or special need, can explore and develop their senses and skills. Features can include: soft play areas, padded floors and walls and interactive equipment.
Helping individuals with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to learn skills that support independent living and developing skills for work. Courses aim to equip learners with the skills to be able to manage tasks more independently, both at home and in the community. These include such topics as personal health and hygiene, personal and social development, and cooking
Advice on purchase and/or loan of specialist equipment to help those with physical or sensory disability manage at home. Usually a needs assessment is made in order to determine the equipment which may be required.