Transport is very important for everyone. We all need to get from place to place so we can do lots of things. People with a learning disability need to travel so that they can:
- go to work
- access medical appointments
- go to a day service
- see friends and family
- do the things they want in the community.
Most people with a learning disability cannot drive, and 50% of all families with a disabled child do not have a car. This means that they have to rely on public transport or taxis, which can be difficult for someone with a learning disability. As a result, they are denied a basic level of independence, choice and opportunity.
Mencap believes that people with a learning disability should:
- have access to good public transport that they can afford
- get the support they need to use public transport
- feel safe to use public transport and free from fear of harassment.
The government offers a number of concessions and services which make it easier for disabled people to use public transport.
Mencap has procuced a series of transport factsheets that explain the different schemes that are on offer and who can use them.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and eligibility for a Blue Badge
The government are changing the way eligibility to the Blue Badge scheme works. This could have an impact on the number of people with a learning disability who benefit from the scheme.
Mencap responded to a consultation on this topic. We told the Government that more needs to be done to recognise the transport needs of people with a learning disability and that eligibility for Blue Badge should consider this.