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    • maxkins
    • By maxkins 3rd May 19, 1:37 AM
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    BLue Badge Autism / Hidden Disabilities 2019 changes
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    • 3rd May 19, 1:37 AM
    BLue Badge Autism / Hidden Disabilities 2019 changes 3rd May 19 at 1:37 AM
    In 2018 the Government announced following a consultation that Blue Badge reform would be happening for people with hidden disabilities e.g. autism. We were told that this would happen in 'early 2019'. Well here we are in May 2019 and nothing has happened. My local council had no information so i contacted the National Autistic Society who also had no information.

    So after some research, I have now found this information on the gov website where they update the statues.

    The new law comes live on 30 August 2019.

    Just to confirm - to qualify for a blue badge under the new rules you need to have:
    either
    10 points under PIP in the planning and following journeys section (i.e. standard rate mobility)
    or -
    by having an assessment and giving them your own medical evidence of your hidden disability

    Here is the link to the statute

    hope this is helpful
    mini money saving noob
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    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 3rd May 19, 6:08 AM
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    Enhanced mobility for following and planning a journey won't entitle you to a blue badge automatically, according to that. I read it as this, "obtained a score of 10 points in relation to the “planning and following journeys” activity on the grounds that they cannot undertake any journey because it would cause them overwhelming psychological distress.”;


    They automatically give a person a blue badge even though they can't go out because of psychological distress...hmm yes, that makes perfect sense to me.....NOT
    • JuzaMum
    • By JuzaMum 7th May 19, 8:36 PM
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    They automatically give a person a blue badge even though they can't go out because of psychological distress...hmm yes, that makes perfect sense to me.....NOT
    Originally posted by poppy12345
    I have applied for a Blue Badge for my daughter who I get DLA and carers allowance for. Her ASD means that going out with her is incredibly difficult. Her school allows me to use the disabled parking right outside the school so we literally park outside the door. We barely go out as she gets so distressed. On many occasions I have had to carry her to the car. She screams, bites and scratches. If I let go of her she will run without regard to her surroundings.
    A Blue badge would make a huge change to the quality of out lives.
    I doubt we will get one
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 7th May 19, 9:03 PM
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    I have applied for a Blue Badge for my daughter who I get DLA and carers allowance for. Her ASD means that going out with her is incredibly difficult. Her school allows me to use the disabled parking right outside the school so we literally park outside the door. We barely go out as she gets so distressed. On many occasions I have had to carry her to the car. She screams, bites and scratches. If I let go of her she will run without regard to her surroundings.
    A Blue badge would make a huge change to the quality of out lives.
    I doubt we will get one
    Originally posted by JuzaMum
    DLA and PIP are completely different. If your daughter receives the high rate mobility for DLA then this will automatically entitle her to a BB.
    • elsien
    • By elsien 7th May 19, 9:07 PM
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    • 7th May 19, 9:07 PM
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    • 7th May 19, 9:07 PM
    I have applied for a Blue Badge for my daughter who I get DLA and carers allowance for. Her ASD means that going out with her is incredibly difficult. Her school allows me to use the disabled parking right outside the school so we literally park outside the door. We barely go out as she gets so distressed. On many occasions I have had to carry her to the car. She screams, bites and scratches. If I let go of her she will run without regard to her surroundings.
    A Blue badge would make a huge change to the quality of out lives.
    I doubt we will get one
    Originally posted by JuzaMum
    I know adults who were given blue badges for behavioural issues rather than physical mobility needs. It can happen.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • JuzaMum
    • By JuzaMum 8th May 19, 12:04 PM
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    • 8th May 19, 12:04 PM
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    • 8th May 19, 12:04 PM
    DLA and PIP are completely different. If your daughter receives the high rate mobility for DLA then this will automatically entitle her to a BB.
    Originally posted by poppy12345
    We get the lower rate mobility - she is physically fit and great at running just not in the right direction
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 8th May 19, 8:00 PM
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    We get the lower rate mobility - she is physically fit and great at running just not in the right direction
    Originally posted by JuzaMum
    I totally understand that, my daughter is the same. She claims the Enhanced mobility for following and planning a journey for PIP and this doesn't automatically qualify her for the BB either. It will depend on the criteria of your local council.
    • coastertoaster
    • By coastertoaster 19th May 19, 4:30 PM
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    • 19th May 19, 4:30 PM
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    • 19th May 19, 4:30 PM
    My DD has a formal diagnosis but the last assessment the had she was only awarded 4 points for mobility though she gets DLA carers and also due to other complex needs has to be accompanied at all times when she goes out. To put it simply she is an adult (21 years old) but will can not travel without a relative as it would be the same as a 4 year old or perhaps travelling alone. She has other social and global needs.
    The authority we come under currently will only issue a BB if you have higher DLA mobility.

    Are the new guidelines saying now that if you have a formal diagnosis it assists?
    My DD has such a bad meltdown if we go out and we can't park in certain places etc. I have an understanding mum who has a BB who will accompany us if we go anywhere on a weekend but this is not always going to be the case.
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 19th May 19, 10:37 PM
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    Are the new guidelines saying now that if you have a formal diagnosis it assists?
    Originally posted by coastertoaster
    No, that's not what it will be. For following and planning a journey then you need to score 10 points for descriptor E. Can not undertake any journey because it will cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant. Rule changes take place in August 2019.



    Aside from this take a look at your local councils criteria. You can still apply but a face to face assessment will most likely be needed and you'll need evidence to support her claim.
    • coastertoaster
    • By coastertoaster 20th May 19, 6:09 AM
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    Thanks Poppy12345. At the moment the effect that having to put my DD through a face to face assessment for BB to be honest is something that is going to have to be thought of long and hard. I looked on the council's eligibility criteria last night and it allowed me to click 4 points and let me proceed but no where did it have anything linked to this being awarded due to overwhelming psychological distress.
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 20th May 19, 6:15 AM
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    I looked on the council's eligibility criteria last night and it allowed me to click 4 points and let me proceed but no where did it have anything linked to this being awarded due to overwhelming psychological distress.
    Originally posted by coastertoaster
    As advised in the first post the new rules don't come into affect until August 2019. When they do it's not just overwhelming psychological distress that will qualify you. You need to score those 10 points in following and planning a journey, as advised in my previous post.
    • JuzaMum
    • By JuzaMum 20th May 19, 10:18 AM
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    I thought I would follow up by saying we have been awarded a Blue Badge much to my surprise. I was expecting to have to appeal. I am very pleased as it will make life so much easier.
    • LocoLoco
    • By LocoLoco 20th May 19, 1:47 PM
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    I thought I would follow up by saying we have been awarded a Blue Badge much to my surprise. I was expecting to have to appeal. I am very pleased as it will make life so much easier.
    Originally posted by JuzaMum

    That's great news, it's always nice to read someone's getting a bit of help We'd find it useful as well although we do have a bus pass so sometimes it's easier to take the bus and avoid the parking problems Glad yours has come through
    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 20th May 19, 2:02 PM
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    The authority we come under currently will only issue a BB if you have higher DLA mobility..
    Originally posted by coastertoaster

    Wrong - I get a blue badge based on zero DLA mobility - As do ALL authorities - I applied under the criteria "....have very considerable difficulty when walking (both the physical act and experience of walking)..."
    I was assessed, five years ago and now just receive the replacement "automatically"..
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 20th May 19, 3:16 PM
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    Wrong - I get a blue badge based on zero DLA mobility - As do ALL authorities - I applied under the criteria "....have very considerable difficulty when walking (both the physical act and experience of walking)..."
    I was assessed, five years ago and now just receive the replacement "automatically"..
    Originally posted by 50Twuncle
    It does depend on the criteria of your local council. All councils are different, if you don't automatically qualify.
    • Bananas123
    • By Bananas123 21st May 19, 4:31 AM
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    blue badge would be needed for carers and they themselves will not be eligable... hence awarding (as guess).
    • maxkins
    • By maxkins 23rd May 19, 1:04 AM
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    worth noting that in my area the applications are processed within 6 weeks under normal conditions. on 30th august there will be a huge surge in applications so that processing time could double.
    mini money saving noob
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