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More autistic people now qualify for Blue Badge scheme

The National Autistic Society have reported on news that the Government has now changed the Blue Badge permit rules in England, meaning that more autistic people can now qualify. The existing rules focused on people’s physical ability to walk, but the new rules include two new ways autistic people can qualify:

  • if you can’t undertake a journey without being at risk of serious harm, it causing “very considerable psychological distress”, or if you have very considerable difficulty when walking
  • if you receive PIP Mobility Component for “planning and making a journey” and score at least ten points.

Jane Harris, Director of External Affairs at the National Autistic Society says:

The possibility of not being able to find a parking space near where you’re going can mean you can’t contemplate leaving the house at all. A Blue Badge will be a lifeline and prevent a life of isolation.

Date added: 30 July 2018