My dd now qualifies for a blue badge as she has been awarded higher rate mobility under the severe mental impairment criteria. She is 11 and runs into roads and has no danger awareness at all. It will really help me to take her out if we can park close to everything.
But I remember reading on here that somebody actually had their car damaged by someone who felt they didn't look entitled to use a disabled bay.
Do you have problems like this and how do you deal with people? I am not a very formidable looking person (although I can and will stand up for myself) and I don't want to have to deal with aggression from nasty busy bodies on a daily basis. But it seems to me that this is par for the course when you use a blue badge?
Hi, we have one and our LO has autism and chronic disease. She get Low mobility with DLA but the local authority gave us a blue badge due to her chronic disease.
I have never had any trouble but sometimes I do feel that we have some "looks". I wouldn't say nasty but as if people are thinking why have they got a badge... I just worry that people think that me or my husband are trying to pull a fast one!! But that's me just being a bit paranoid!!
Looks I can cope with but I have heard of physical and verbal abuse! I don't see why we should have to justify ourselves to complete strangers who think they can tell by looking whether or not someone is disabled.
Perhaps the disability symbol (a person in a wheelchair) should be changed. Because there are an awful lot of ignorant people who seem to think that if you can physically walk you are not disabled.
I have one for me and I don't "look" disabled iykwim. No-one has actually said anything to me but I always feel the eyes of old people on me. Waiting for them to start on me for my disabled bay outside my house on our very difficult to park road.
we dont tend to get hassle, TBH there are far more parked in disabled bays without displaying a badge at all. We had a few looks when he was younger but he uses a wh/chair most of the time these days. People are more understanding if the disability is obvious.