If your application succeeds, your council may offer you a bay directly outside your home. If this option is not available, your council will try to offer you a space as near as possible to your home. The space offered to you is only advisory and therefore has no standing in law. This means that any disabled Blue Badge holder may park there. Non-disabled people are asked to park elsewhere but are not legally obliged to do so. White lines are there to let other motorists know the bay is intended for the use of a disabled resident.
If you are disabled or chronically ill and unable to work you may be wondering where you can find financial support. Thankfully, there are a number of benefits available that can give you the help you need. One option is Employment Support Allowance (ESA) offered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in the UK. But what is ESA and how does it work?
Becoming disabled through age, or maybe injury or illness; or finding that your mobility has worsened brings with it a host of challenges. One of these is making sure your home is safe and accessible. The home you live in now might be the one where you raised your family and, as such, may be filled with happy memories, but is it the right home for you now? Whatever your disability and your needs, there are a few options in terms of adapting your existing property or moving somewhere new.
A disability mentor provides advice and guidance as well as personal support to enable you to make your own informed and independent decisions.
Having a mentor is not to be confused with coaching or counselling. Mentoring support for people with disabilities involves a specialist who has undergone specific training in disability issues. He or she will usually have a disability, which means they can combine expertise and training with life experience.
Disabled people are only too aware of the numerous challenges that can arise due to their disability. There can be financial pressures, maybe even getting into debt as a result of relying on benefit payments, or through having to take time off work; the hassles of arranging personal assistants, or booking holidays; not to mention the day-to-day challenges of accessibility and transportation.
The web is a great resource for finding solutions to the challenges that can be faced. There is likely to be a website that concentrates specifically on your condition but these rarely offer more generic advice in terms of finances, care, holidays and employment. For this kind of advice it is advisable to look elsewhere. Here are some useful online resources to give you advice and support.