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SANE welcomes plan to extend blue badge scheme to hidden disabilities
Added: 22nd Jan 2018

SANE has welcomed proposals to extend access to blue badges for people with hidden disabilities and mental illnesses.

Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of SANE, says: "This is a really encouraging step taken by the government to fulfil its pledge of parity of esteem between physical and mental health. Recognising that non-visible and particularly mental illnesses can be as disabling as physical conditions could really help to change perceptions.

"For example, people who endure severe depression or anxiety often cannot face public transport, or crowded or enclosed places without triggering panic attacks or overwhelming fear. Having a blue badge could make it just that little bit easier and enable them to keep in touch with the outside world, instead of feeling too afraid to leave home.

"Equally, for people with autism or dementia, who can become lost and disoriented and who need routine and predictable space, being able to be driven and park close to their destinations can release them from what otherwise might be more isolated lives."

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