Discover more about local services and support for disabled people. 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 are classed as disabled. Find out more about your rights.
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When going out and about it is useful to find where your nearest accessible toilets and other facilities are.
Abuse can take many different forms. It can be emotional, physical, sexual, financial, discriminatory, psychological, organisational, domestic, neglect, self neglect or modern slavery.
Advocacy is where someone helps you to get your views and opinions heard. They can support you to access services if you are unable to do so by yourself.
Airport assistance is available if you have mobility issues or a disability. Assistance can be arranged before you fly to help make your travel easier. Book early to ensure everything is in place.
Autism is a life-long condition. It affects a person’s ability to communicate or to do everyday things. People with a learning disability find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate.
Bipolar disorder is a condition that affects your moods, which can swing from one extreme to another.
The Blue Badge Scheme allows people who have difficulty getting about to park their cars close to the sites and services that they need to use.
Sign language is a visual means of communicating using gestures, facial expressions and body language. Sign language is used mainly by deaf people and people with hearing difficulties. Some television programmes have subtitles or text on screen which describes the spoken word and sounds taking place during a programme.
Personalised care and support can help you to live more comfortably and independently. Getting help at the right time can help improve your quality of life and allow you to continue enjoying life, plan ahead and make choices that are right for you.
Carer’s allowance is paid to people over 16 and who spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone with substantial care needs.