Disabilities

NHDC and Hertfordshire County Council offer a number of services for people with disabilities.

Local council services

Hertfordshire Careline is a Community Alarm Service providing an invaluable source of help for younger people with long term health needs including allergies and asthma, those with disabilities and restricted mobility, and those who are threatened by domestic violence, harassment or repeated burglary.

Disabled facilities grants - Disabled people may also benefit from minor or major adaptations to their home to make it accessible and suitable for their needs.

Equipment and care at home - A wide range of equipment is available to help disabled people with tasks such as bathing, going to the toilet, cooking, and other aspects of daily living - and there are various organisations which provide or lend such equipment.

Blue Badge Disabled Parking Scheme gives on-street parking concessions to people who have severe mobility problems. In Hertfordshire the badge is issued through Hertfordshire County Council’s Adult Care Services.

Disabled toilet Radar keys - find out how to purchase a Radar key.

Benefits

Attendance allowance is a tax-free benefit for people aged 65 or over who have a mental or physical illness or disability. Disability living allowance (DLA) is a benefit for people aged 64 and under who have a mental or physical illness or disability.

Benefits for carers - This site gives information on the main benefits that carers and cared for people can claim. They also explain how benefits interact with each other, how to claim each benefit, how much you will get and where to go for further information.

Benefits for children with a disability - Follow the link for information on the benefits that are available for a disabled child and if you are looking after a disabled child.

Support organisations

Further information on support available to disabled people can be found on the following websites:

Hertfordshire County Council - Adult Social Care

Local organisations

Hertfordshire Society for the Blind
Hertfordshire Action on Disability (HAD)
Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service
POhWER advocacy service
CarersinHerts
Crossroads care

National organisations

Equality and Human Rights Commission
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID)
Age UK