Learning Disability Today
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Blue badge applications for hidden disabilities: is the scheme working?

Darren Devine

Lesley Staines’ son Lewis is autistic and has a learning disability with no awareness of cars that means he cannot cross the road safely. She says her 5ft 8ins tall 18 stone son would attack her if she tried to prevent him getting across the road. The mum-of-two, from Romford, in the London borough of Havering, fought long and hard for a blue badge for her son and had to secure multiple letters from professionals to back her case. This is despite the fact that in 2019 the government announced those with autism and mental health conditions would soon benefit


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