Becoming disabled can be a life-changing experience. Not only will many have to come to grips with not being able to lead the life they once had, but they also face plenty of (potentially difficult and upsetting) changes coming into their new one, depending on their individual circumstances.
While the world is trying to be more disabled friendly and inclusive, it still has quite a way to go, which means not everything is adjusted and set up for those who need it. For this reason, many disabled people have to make their own changes and alterations, which can be a little overwhelming to say the least.
This piece will discuss some of the points that every disabled person should know to make their life a little more easier and a lot more accessible.
You Can Apply For Your Blue Badge
The ‘blue badge’ is provided by the government in the UK to help those who are disabled have closer access to amenities such as shops, restaurants, and other venues. Blue badge holders have the automatic right to park in disabled spaces, which are designed to limit their walk to and from a certain place, which therefore makes it easier for them to do carry out their everyday activities.
You can apply for your blue badge if you are registered as disabled (no matter what the disability might be) and this can travel with you wherever you go. It is not tied to your vehicle; it is just linked to you, which means you can use it in friends’ cars, taxis, or any other vehicle where you might need it.
Your Home Can Be Adapted Stylishly
Those who are self-sufficient and independent will more than likely want to be able to get on with their life straight away, which means adaptations need to be put in place as soon as possible. This can take a bit of time, depending on what needs to be altered and/or fitted, but it is also worth knowing that in the UK you can, in some cases, get yourself a facility grant to help cover some of the cost of these adaptations.
This can be particularly useful for those who need to install a chair lift or modify a bathroom. Companies such as beautifulbathroom.net offer stunning designs and adapted bathroom equipment for those who want both style and accessibility. So, do not settle for anything drab-looking!
You Are Entitled To Access Work Benefits
Becoming disabled can completely overhaul someone’s life, and this includes their work and career, too. Working in an area that might have been their expertise previously may now not be an option, so it is important that people have access to benefits to help them get back to work when they are ready, and to help them develop new skills.
Access to work benefits can help those who have become disabled to continue to do their job, by helping to fund the essential changes that might need to be put in place. This could include travel to and from work, or changes to the workplace.