The Blue Badge scheme, which helps disabled people park closer to their destinations, will be extended to people with “hidden disabilities” – including people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions – from 30 August 2019.
The new Blue Badge scheme criteria will extend eligibility to people who:
- cannot undertake a journey without there being a risk of serious harm to their health or safety, or that of any other person
- cannot undertake a journey without it causing them considerable psychological distress
- have very considerable difficulty when walking (both the physical act and experience of walking).
What are the hidden disabilities?
While the catch-all phrase encompasses many health issues, here’s some of the most common:
- Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and Asperger’s Syndrome
- Crohn’s Disease
- Complex mental health disorders
- Huntington’s Disease
- Irritable Bowel Diseases
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ulcerative Colitis
This is not considered to reflect an exhaustive list.
Document for informing colleagues in the third sector that individuals may come to them for advice regarding the new criteria for blue badges and support in their application.