The new blue badge guidance for assessing Hidden Disabilities has  been published by the Department for Transport and we are busy finalising assessment tools, application forms, processes and assessor training programs, and recruiting additional mental health specialists to help. Remember the statutory requirement for this service is coming into force from August 30th.  We have prepared a number of services to help our customers and other Local Authorities adapt to the changes.

We are running training courses in Birmingham and London – please see the links under Training and CPD above. (Booking is via Eventbrite but we also accept Purchase Orders to book places if required.) Representatives from both the DfT and National Autism Society will be present to give talks at the training days to offer additional insight into the new criteria.

As an alternative we can attend your premises and provide bespoke training programs for your staff, both in business support and healthcare professional roles, so they are confident when they talk to and assess applicants under these new criteria. We can train up to 15 people for £1300 at your venue. Please call 01223 229091 or email me stephen.naylor@accessindependent.co.uk to discuss further or book a day.

We are also providing a remote assessment service for people applying under the new criteria to help Authorities cope with the expected surge of applications. We have trained Expert Assessors available now. Please call 01223 229091 or email stephen.naylor@accessindependent.co.uk