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Physical Disabilities Resources

Support for people with physical difficulties.

 

Services for people with a Physical Disability


Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme provides a national range of parking concessions for disabled people with severe mobility problems who have difficulty using public transport. The scheme is designed to help severely disabled people to travel independently, as either a driver or passenger, by allowing them to park close to their destination.

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Telecare

Telecare is the new name for more advanced community alarm services. Community alarms plug into your telephone line and come with a call button which you can attach to yourself or your clothing. Using the button, you can summon help from anywhere in your home.

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Holiday Grants

We pay holiday grants to disabled people to help them pay for the additional costs of their holiday which result from their disability. For example, people may need to be accompanied by a carer. The maximum grant payable is around £90.

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Occupational Therapy Service

The Community Occupational Therapy Service is run by the Adult Social Care service within Cumbria County Council's Adult and Local Services Directorate.

Occupational Therapy is concerned with everyday activities of life, enabling disabled people to participate in their local communities and overcome lifestyle limitations resulting from their disabilities.

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Access to Work

An Access to Work grant is money to help you find work or stay in a job. It's for people with a disability, health or mental health condition.

The money you get can pay for things like:

  • specialist equipment
  • travel when you can't use public transport
  • a communicator at a job interview

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Apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant

You can apply to your local council for a disabled facilities grant. The grant helps you adapt your home to make it suitable for a disabled person.

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Apply for equipment for your home if you're disabled

If you need to adapt your home because of a disability or old age, you can apply to the council for equipment or help.

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Reasonable adjustments for disabled workers

Disabled workers are protected by the Equality Act 2010. In Northern Ireland workers are protected by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Workers must be given access to training opportunities, recreation and refreshment facilities.

Employers have to make reasonable adjustments even if they don't employ the person directly - this includes contract workers, trainees, apprentices and business partners.

Funding may be available to help with some costs involved in making reasonable adjustments.

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What reasonable adjustments are

Examples could involve:

  • doing things another way - eg allowing someone with social anxiety disorder to have their own desk instead of hot-desking
  • making physical changes - eg installing a ramp for a wheelchair user or an audio-visual fire alarm for a deaf person
  • letting a disabled person work somewhere else - eg on the ground floor for a wheelchair user
  • changing their equipment - eg providing a special keyboard if they have arthritis
  • allowing employees who become disabled to make a phased return to work - eg working flexible hours or part-time

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Active Cumbria

There are many opportunities for people with disabilities in and around Cumbria to get involved in sport and physical activity.

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Calvert Trust

The Calvert Trust enables people with disabilities, together with their families and friends, to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure in the countryside.

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Citizens Advice Bureau

The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.

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Cumbria Law Centre

Our lawyers take on cases and represent clients in courts and tribunals. The main areas of work for the Law Centre are: Housing, Employment, Community Care, Racial and Sexual Discrimination, Welfare Rights, Education Law, Debt, and Public Law / Human Rights.

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City Wheels and Rural Wheels

Cumbria County Council tries to ensure that as many people as possible have regular access to some form of public transport in their area. In a predominantly rural area with a dispersed population, such as Cumbria is, this can present a number of practical and financial difficulties.

City Wheels is a scheme that provides wheelchair accessible transport for people living in Carlisle city who are unable to use public transport due to a mobility difficulty. The door-to-door transport is available for travel within the city boundary on Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

Rural Wheels is a unique transport scheme for people in rural areas. The service provides transport that will collect you from home and take you to your nearest town or the nearest Public Transport service.

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People in the park

The project operates as a drop-in-centre for physically disabled adults, older people (55 or over), disabled due to age related ailments, and their informal carers.

Users can have a cuppa and a chat, with volunteers and staff on hand to make any introductions, encouraging the widening of social circles. The members are able to play board games, bingo, sit and read a book or listen to music in the comfy corner, or just talk to each other. The project aims to provide a friendly and informal environment where confidence and self-esteem can flourish.

There is also a monthly event, the subject of which is based on the wishes of the users, this could be in the form of a guest speaker or demonstration.

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Accessible Countryside for Everyone - ACE

Finding accessible places for all to enjoy in England and Wales.

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Disability Organization

Here is a list of various different organisations which individuals with a physical disability may find useful including Authorities care and Brain Injury Hub.

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Home safety Visits

Every home in Cumbria is eligible to apply for a free Home Safety Visit to help them deal with any potential fire hazards in their homes.

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