Alzheimer’s Society responds to the announcement from the Department for Transport that people with hidden disabilities, like dementia, will be able to benefit from Blue Badges.
This is the biggest overhaul to the system in 40 years, offering accessible parking for people who find travel difficult.
Sally Copley, Director of Policy, Partnerships and Campaigns, at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “This decision will be an absolute game changer for people living with dementia. It will bring great benefit to many of the 850,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK.”
“As it’s a progressive condition, people with dementia’s abilities, including physical actions like walking, can rapidly decline over time. Combined with symptoms like anxiety and confusion, this means simple but essential tasks that most of us take for granted, like going to the shops or a doctor’s appointment, can become a real struggle. We shared these experiences of people with dementia with the Department for Transport, and are thrilled our evidence helped lead to this decision.
“People with dementia have the right to maintain their independence and continue doing the things they enjoy. Making these badges accessible for people with dementia helps them to do this.”