How you start travelling independently will depend on your needs and the support you have. You might want access to your own vehicle or perhaps you prefer public transport.
Your school or local authority may provide travel training. You can also start planning your own journeys and practise travelling with a friend.
If you receive the higher mobility rate for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), the Motability scheme can help with the cost of driving lessons and the lease of a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair.
You do not need to prove you cannot wear a mask. If you’re worried about what other people might say or do, you can use ‘exemption cards’ to explain that you or your child cannot wear a mask. You can have it on your phone or print it.
You could also try getting a sunflower lanyard. This tells others that you have an invisible condition or impairment. You can get them free at supermarkets, including Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Argos, Tesco and Morrisons.
You will normally be eligible if you claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
If your local authority will not give you discounted travel, local charities may be able to give advice.
A bus-hail card lets you stop a bus and get on it between bus stops. Your local authority or transport provider may be able to give you this.
The ramps for buses work in different ways. The ramp on your bus may be automatic, or you may need to ask the driver for support.
Your local authority may give disabled people discounts for using taxis. Check with your local authority.
Not all taxi firms have wheelchair accessible taxis, but some do. Accessible taxis can sometimes be more expensive.
Travelling to work
Access to Work grants can help to pay for some of your travel costs if you cannot use public transport or need to adapt your vehicle. This could include taxi journeys if your condition means that public transport is not accessible to you.
Receiving money for taxis can take 2 months or more. You will either need to:
pay for the taxi, keep receipts and fill in a claim form and wait for the money to be returned to you