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Information plus transport passes and badges can positively impact the way we get around our world. We can gain more confidence, independence and explore more of our surroundings. All three things can help our physical and mental health. The information provided below can help to explore if you are eligible for any assistance and how to apply. 

Bus pass
Some people with ASC, who have accompanying learning disabilities, will be eligible for a free bus pass.  This will entitle them to free travel from 9.30am until 11pm.  These can be obtained either through an online application or by visiting the local library.  You will need to have your photograph taken and provide evidence that you meet the criteria.  

Full information and application in the link: https://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/northamptonshire-highways/buses/bus-passes/Pages/disabled-persons-bus-pass.aspx

Disabled person railcard  
This is a card you can purchase for a small fee, which gives you a 3rd off all train fares for yourself and one other person travelling with you.
https://www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk/

Cars – Blue Badge
From 30 August 2019, the new criteria for Blue Badge applications in England have made a significant difference to those with ASC and other hidden disabilities.

The new criteria are for those with hidden disabilities that cause the following severe difficulty with journeys between a vehicle and the destination, and either:
- are constantly a significant risk to yourself or others near vehicles, in traffic or car parks
- severely struggle to plan or follow a journey
- find it difficult or impossible to control your actions and lack awareness of the impact you could have on others
- regularly have intense and overwhelming responses to situations causing temporary loss of behavioural control
- frequently become extremely anxious or fearful of public or open spaces
https://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/northamptonshire-highways/parking/blue-badges/Pages/apply-for-or-renew-a-blue-badge.aspx

Planes
Holidays and travel abroad can be exciting and fun, but can also be quite challenging for some of us.  Knowing that there is support at the airport to assist us can be really helpful.  These days many airports produce their own social stories and have good systems in place to off priority check in and boarding.  It is definitely with speaking to the airport you are using before you set off, and take a look at the following guide for an idea of some of what you can reasonably expect the airline and airport to offer.
https://www.gov.uk/transport-disabled/planes

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