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.
Higher education can open up many opportunities, but can also bring financial pressures with it. If you have a disability, these financial concerns can be particularly worrying, especially if you need additional funding to support you with your studies. Check out our guide to grants, loans and other support to assist you in your application and making the most of your time at university.
In the UK, a parking permit for disabled drivers or passengers is referred to as a Blue Badge. The permits are valid for three years and are usually issued to those who have a registered disability which affects their mobility. If you are registered as blind, you will also automatically qualify for the Blue Badge scheme. The parking permit may be used to park in disabled spaces in the UK and in all countries within the European Union and the European Economic Area.