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  1. Mobility Presentation by Isabel Chu 11.11.2009

  2. Mobility • Wheelchairs and mobility aids • Special transport • Public transport • Motoring incl. Blue Badge Scheme • Benefits and concessions • Useful resources and contacts

  3. Getting equipment • Local councils legal requirement for disabled people • Practical help at home • Aids and equipment • Home adaptations • Providing meals • Help with telephone access • Help use educational and recreational facilities incl help with transport

  4. Wheelchairs and mobility aids • Walking aids • Provided through local hospital and social services department (Access Team) • Manual and powered chairs • Available though the NHS wheelchair service • Assessments carried out at NHS wheelchair centres, usually by OT, +/- rehab engineer • Scooters and buggies - are not supplied by the NHS • Buying privately: • Disability Living Foundation (DLF) www.dlf.org.uk • Other catalogues: • www.ableize.com • www.youreableshop.co.uk

  5. Mobility organisations for mobility aids • Disabled Living Centres • Led by DLC Council • Independent and impartial advice. Try out equipment. • www.dialability.org.uk • 35 Leopold Street, Oxford. Tel. 08456 251 251 • Mobility Centres • Can try out powered wheelchairs and scooters • Motability Scheme • National charity. Enables eligible persons get a car, powered wheelchair or scooter using mobility allowance • Available if receiving higher rate mobility component DLA or the War Pensioners Mobility Supplement • Use these benefits to pay - by contract hire or hire purchase • www.motability.co.uk

  6. Special Transport • Community Transport • Local councils and some voluntary groups • Dial a ride • Provide door to door, wheelchair accessible travel for disabled people. • Octabus (Oxfordshire Transport Accessible Bus Service) • Book in advance. Free/low-cost • Shopmobility • Hire out wheelchairs / scooters to anyone who needs it • May or may not be free. Book in advance

  7. Public Transport • Door to door website • Comprehensive transport information • Incl. travel by rail, air, sea • Incl. travel for shopping, work, school, hospital, holiday • www.dptac.gov.uk/door-to-door • Wheels within wheels • Guide to using a wheelchair on public transport • National Rail Enquiries

  8. Motoring • Forum of Mobility Centres • UK-wide network • Offers assessment and advice on adaptations to overcome physical problems with vehicle control, adaptations, wheelchair and scooter loading, driver/passenger access • www.mobility-centres.org.uk Tel: 0800 559 3636 • Locally: Regional Driving Assessment Centre (Birmingham-based) www.rdac.co.uk

  9. Blue Badge Scheme

  10. Blue Badge Scheme • Parking concessions • UK-wide • On-street parking only • Allows up to 3hrs parking on single/double lines • England & Wales (no time limit in Scotland) • Free parking for metered areas (unless stated)

  11. Blue Badge Scheme • Does not apply to: • Off-street car parks, private roads, most airports • Some central London areas. Variations in Wales, Scotland, NI • Blue Badge parking map • Exempt from London congestion charge (£10 one-off reg fee) • Apply for toll exemption • Reciprocal arrangements with some European countries • IAM motoring trust / AA downloadable leaflet

  12. Eligibilty for Blue Badge • Automatically eligible if >2yrs old and either: • Receive higher rate mobility component of DLA (>12mo) • Registered blind • Receive War Pensioner’s mobility supplement • Need further assessment (by local council) • >2yrs old • Permanent / substantial disability affecting walking • Severe disability in both arms affecting ability to use parking meter • Special rules < 2yrs old with special medical conditions • Parents of child who must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment • Parents of a child who needs to be a near a vehicle at all times

  13. Applying for Blue Badge • www.direct.gov.uk • Local councils responsible for issuing BB parking permits • Oxfordshire County Council • www.oxfordshire.gov.uk • 7 page application form • £2 application fee, 2 photos • Send to Access Team • 2-4 wks to process application • Most issued for 3 years • Can be used as a driver or passenger

  14. Maps • Blue Badge Parking Map • Online map • www.bluebadge.direct.gov.uk • Gowrings Mobility UK Road Atlas • Priinted map £14.50 • BB Sat Nav • Tel 0845 608 8020 • www.gowringsmobility.co.uk

  15. Benefits and concessions • Only 2 directly linked to mobility • Disability Living Allowance • Care and mobility component • Higher rate mobility component £46.75 • Lower rate £17.75 • War Pensioners Mobility Supplement • Paid to a War Disablement Pensioner who is unable to walk due to a disablement, which has been assessed at 40% or more

  16. Benefits and Concessions • Direct Payments • Local council payments for people assessed as needing help from social/health services and who would like to arrange and pay for their own care • Disabled Persons Railcard • Senior Persons Railcardwww.senior-railcard.co.uk • Age > 60yrs • £24 a year, £65 for 3yrs

  17. Benefits and concessions • Buses • Aged > 60yrs or disabled eligible for free annual bus pass for off-peak travel • Coaches • National express - Half price tickets (30% discount peak times) • Air travel • No concessionary fare schemes for disabled people in the UK

  18. Useful contacts • www.direct.gov.uk • Oxfordshire County Council • www.oxfordshire.gov.uk • Access Team • PO Box 780, Oxford, OX1 9GX • Tel: 0845 050 7666 • OOH emergency no. 0800 833 408 • Email: access@oxfordshire.gov.uk

  19. Motoring contacts • Mobilise • Registered charity. Self-help org, promotes mobility. • Run by disabled people. • www.mobilise.info • Motability • National charity – helps with mobility needs • Directs / oversees motability scheme enabling disabled people get a car, powered wheelchair or scooter using mobility allowances • www.motability.co.uk

  20. More useful contacts • National Association for Bikers with a Disability (NABD) • nabd@nabd.org.uk • Ricability • National charity that researches products / services for older and disabled people • Free consumer reports on central heating controls, community alarms, digital TV, driving/car adaptations, wheelchairs • www.ricability.org.uk

  21. The End…..