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DID YOU KNOW
Here is a selection of some facts and information that we hope you’ll find useful.
DISABLED PERSON’S TOILET KEYS
It is possible to buy a RADAR NKS key to give access to locked public toilets for people who have disabilities. Toilets fitted with National Key Scheme (NKS) locks are found in shopping centres, cafes, department stores, stations and many other locations across the country. Please click HERE for more details and to buy a key.
COUNCIL TAX DISCOUNT FOR CARERS
Do you provide care and support to someone aged over 18 years of age for at least 35 hours a week? Do you live in the same house as them and are not their partner, husband or wife? Do you live in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames? Then you may be eligible for a council tax discount.
Visit the LBRuT Council Tax Discount webpage for more information about the eligibility criteria and to apply for a council tax discount.
Transport for London (TfL) has produced a Travel Support Card. This is for anybody who has a hidden impairment, but may be particularly helpful for those with learning disabilities (there is a blank space inside the Card where the sort of help the cardholder might need and information about their journey can be written down). For more information and to download a printable version of the Travel Support Card, visit www.tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility/help-from-staff.
TfL also has produced a range of accessibility guides that can be downloaded from the following webpage: https://tfl.gov.uk/forms/12387.aspx?cid=accessguides.
A Disabled Person’s Railcard entitles the holder and an adult companion to discounts of up to one third off the price of most rail fares throughout Great Britain. Evidence of eligibility is need before purchasing a Railcard, which mean enclosing proof with the application form. For further information, more details about the eligibility criteria and to buy a Railcard, please visit https://www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk.
Dimensions, in association with Odeon, Cineworld, Showcase and Vue cinemas, hold autism friendly film screenings once a month at participating cinemas. The lights are kept on low, the volume turned down, there are no trailers, and you can bring your own refreshments and move around the cinema during these special screenings.
Please visit Autism friendly cinema screenings for more information and to sign up with Dimensions for film screening updates.
Picturehouse cinemas also offer autism friendly screenings. These are adapted in a variety of ways to help reduce anxiety and over-stimulation and ensure a safe, enjoyable cinema experience for people with autism, and their families, friends and carers. Tickets are sold at a reduced rate of £3.00 per person. For more information about autism friendly Picturehouse screenings, please visit: https://spotlight.picturehouses.com/news/welcome-to-autism-friendly-screenings/
This NAS Cinemas: autism-friendly screenings webpage also gives more information.
Disabled people having a Cinema Exhibitor’s Association (CEA) Card can take along someone to support them at the cinema for free. The eligibility criteria for such people include being over 8 years old and receiving either Disabled Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Attendance Allowance. For more information and details about buying the CEA card, visit https://www.ceacard.co.uk, or contact the UK Cinema Association on 01244 526 016 or at firstname.lastname@example.org instead.