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Disabled person railcard

Discussion in 'Diabetes Soapbox - Have Your Say' started by cool_blonde212003, Apr 7, 2018.

  1. cool_blonde212003

    cool_blonde212003 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Should people with type1 who have had severe hypos that consequently means they can’t hold a driving licence be eligible for a disabled persons railcard and other similar concessions related to using public transport?
     
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    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    I think that if they are officially denied a Driver's License then yes, they should be eligible for concessions. What a great idea.
     
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  3. cool_blonde212003

    cool_blonde212003 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Thank you, I am not sure how to try and progress this - I will contact campaigns at Diabetes Uk as a starting point
     
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  4. satindoll

    satindoll Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I must get my niece to argue for concessions.......she has Epilepsy and Multiple Sclerosis and can no longer drive......
     
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  5. cool_blonde212003

    cool_blonde212003 Type 1 · Active Member

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    I am sure she will meet the existing eligibility criteria for a disabled persons railcard as she has epilepsy. This is from the disabled persons railcard website
     

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  6. cool_blonde212003

    cool_blonde212003 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Update

    I have emailed the disabled persons railcard organisation to query why, people who have been refused or revoked by DVLA due to diabetes aren’t eligible for a DP railcard.

    I’ll post their reply, if I get one
     
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  7. james11

    james11 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    .1 What does ‘chronically sick or disabled’ mean?
    A person is ‘chronically sick or disabled’ if he/she is a person with a:
    physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect upon his/her ability to carry out everyday activitiescondition which the medical profession treats as a chronic sickness, such as diabetes

    Surely that means any form of diabetes ...so all sufferers would be eligible. ...just a thought. ...i dont use trains but one of u can apply and see how they react....lol
     
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  8. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    I wouldn't of thought any type of diabetes, those not on any medication for the condition, unless there were other medical conditions that affected the person ?? Thanks for the info, really good to know.
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    Just looked at this and it is very clear about what a 'disability' is regarding a railcard. Thank you for the link.
     
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  10. james11

    james11 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Well im no expert...but if you are diagnosed with a condition which last a year or more then u can be classedas disabled...so maybe any sufferer. .....i was just generalising , your thoughts are obviously different to mine ......maybe someone will pop up on here who has applied succesfully using diabetes as the disability
     
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  11. satindoll

    satindoll Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    How about expanding this to include those with Brittle Diabetes, LADA, MODY, Reactive Hypoglycaemia, Golden Diabetes and the many many other variants........ keeping it just for T1's is a bit mean.........:bag:
     
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  12. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    But as many have found out, it often doesn't work like that, unless other aspects of the condition impair your daily routine, mobility, sight, heating, hypo unawareness, breathing difficulties, etc. Big clamp down's from the government, also I'm sure the list could go on.
     
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    cool_blonde212003 Type 1 · Active Member

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    You are right, in the workplace having diabetes meets that definition under the Disability Discrimination Act and the Equality Act.

    I just assumed that there was some additional requirement about not being able to drive rather than simply being disabled. Having said that when you read the list of what is an eligible criteria that might be questionable. For example, someone could have mobility component for a car and still be eligible for a DP railcard, ok someone else could drive them in the car but a lot of people who qualify for this might be able to drive themselves. And someone who uses a hearing aid automatically qualifies but according to the DVLA website people who are deaf only need to tell the DVLA about their condition- it’s not an automatic ‘you can’t drive’.
    https://www.gov.uk/deafness-and-driving
    Sorry if it sounds like i’m picking on deaf people I’m not i’m just trying to understand the logic of automatic qualification for a DP railcard.

    I think I have just proved to myself there doesn’t seem to be a link to ability to drive a vehicle and entitlement to a DP Railcard rather it’s an inconsistent list of disabilities and medical conditions
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    cool_blonde212003 Type 1 · Active Member

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    My original thought was there must be a link to having a long term medical condition or disability and not being able to drive hence my original question about people with T1 not being able to drive if they have specific problems related to hypos. however having looked at this a bit closer I don’t the ability to drive is related to entitlement to a DP Railcard. I’ve replied to another comment in which i’ve given examples.

    Let’s see if the DP Railcard organisation reply to my first email and I’ll go back to them about the list and rationale behind the qualifying criteria
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    It might be worth checking with your local authority if you could qualify for a disabled person's bus pass. You can find the link to your local authority's requirements for eligibilty by typing in your postcode on the government website:- https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-disabled-bus-pass
     
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  18. cool_blonde212003

    cool_blonde212003 Type 1 · Active Member

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    I really don’t understand the DP Railcard rationale regarding the conditions that qualify
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    As OP is Type 1, that's probably why she asked the question, with severe hypo's and cannot drive due to the hypo's.
     
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