Getting around independently

We understand that you and/or your child would like to live independently as much as possible. There are many ways in which you can travel around Kent and further.

If you need additional support when travelling, the hidden disabilities sunflower lanyard lets people in public and health professionals know that you or your child may need a little more time.

For general advice around travelling around the UK visit the government website.

AccessAble

AccessAble allows you to find accessible restaurants, shops, cinemas, hospitals, hotels, education facilities plus much more around Kent and beyond. You can download their app to your phone (Apple devices or Google store) or visit their website for more information.

Blue Badge

The Blue Badge scheme helps you park nearer to your destination if you have a disability. You may automatically qualify depending on the benefits you receive. Find out more and apply for a Blue Badge.

You can also contact your district council to find where disabled parking spaces are or to apply for a disabled parking bay outside your house.

Car

The Motability Scheme enables anyone in receipt of a qualifying mobility allowance to use their mobility allowance to lease a car, scooter, powered wheelchair or Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV).

Community transport

Community transport gives you access to a bus or car service if you can't access public transport.

Find out what community transport is available near you.

Disabled person's bus pass

You can apply for a bus pass to travel around England for free. The pass allows you to travel on local bus services, between 9:30am and 11pm, Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and public holidays.

Find out how to apply for a:

For more information about what buses to catch visit the bus company's website directly:

Alternatively if you are travelling further you may be eligible to apply for a National Express Disabled Coachcard.

School transport

There are a number of school transport options if your child has special educational needs or disabilities. View what options are available for your child.

Post 16 school transport

If you are still at school, you may want to travel to school on your own. Although there is no automatic entitlement to travel assistance for post 16 students, there are a number of travel options available to you, to help you get to and from your school or college.

Find out more about post 16 school transport.

Taxi

A taxi allows you to be taken to your location by car.

To find your nearest taxi company, you can use a search engine such as Google or Bing. When booking you must inform the taxi company if you are travelling with a wheelchair or with an assistance dog. Most licensed taxis are usually too small to take a powered or unfolded wheelchair.

They must make sure they do not discriminate against you and cannot treat you less favourably than other customers. They should also make any ‘reasonable adjustments’ to their service for you to make your journey easier. If you need to make a complaint please contact the licencing department at your local borough or district council.

Train

If you want to travel by train, there are a number of support options available for you:

Before you travel you can also: