Disability information

You are disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities. 

You may be entitled to claim benefits following your diagnosis, obtain extra support and be entitled to discounted activities. Below are some links that you may find helpful.

The Government website provides information on what benefits, and additional financial support, you may be entitled to.
Citizens Advice are accessible across the country, and offer free support with navigating through the disability journey.
Disability Rights UK provide legal guidance on all aspects relating to disability rights and changes that can affect financial circumstances.
Turn2us is a national charity that provides free information and support to those who may be struggling financially, incl. benefits and grants.
Scope is a charity that provides practical and emotional support for those with disabilities, including guidance for completing a PIP claim.
Advicenow is a website run by the charity Law for Life. They provide guidance on how to appeal a PIP decision, which can be downloaded below.
Money Helper provide information on how and where to apply for grants if your local council or the NHS are unable to help with your needs.
Money Saving Expert provide a list of broadband providers who offer discounts for those on low incomes and/or in receipt of benefits.
You may find that you need some help with things like walking, housework, bathing etc. In the first instance, speak to your doctor about any problems you are having as they will be able to refer you to an Occupational Therapist who will assess you and your home to see what you need. Several charities offer wheelchair rental, such as the Red Cross, should you want a wheelchair just for a day out or a short period of time. The NHS provide information relating to equipment, including links to where to access and potential funding.
FND Action joined the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme in 2021 to aid in supporting those diagnosed with FND. Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard discreetly indicates to people around the wearer they may need additional support, help or a little more time. It is widely known that people with FND struggle tremendously to get acknowledgement and assistance when out in public, so wearing the lanyard will help towards confidence in public places and reduce isolation. A lanyard can be ordered through the link below.
The Government website provides guidance on applying for a blue badge and eligibility.
AccessAble provide the facility to search for venues that have disabled access and facilities.
Access Card translates your disability or impairment into easy-to-understand symbols
National Rail provide guidance on how to apply for 1/3 off rail travel for you and an adult companion.
The Max Card is a discount card for cared for and looked after children with disabilities and additional needs.
A CEA card enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them.

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