Free Blue Heart badge for those with invisible disabilities
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Free Blue Heart badge for those with invisible disabilities

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Found 23rd Jan
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Raising awareness for Invisible Disabilities
N&C Phlexicare are helping to raise awareness for Invisible Disabilities. Many people suffer from invisible illnesses, and are often made to feel embarrassed or frowned upon when using facilities such as disabled toilets or when requiring a seat on public transport, due to their condition not being immediately apparent.

N&C Phlexicare have created a blue heart shaped “Not all disabilities are visible” badge that can be ordered online free of charge to help raise awareness of invisible disabilities. The badge can help open the door to conversations about invisible disabilities and one day we aim for greater awareness and education of invisible disabilities to overcome prejudice that many currently face.

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Sounds like a good idea it's a shame that the design is a heart as I don't think my 14 year old son would be comfortable wearing this!
Wish there was a uniform dementia one, that everyone recognised.
Thank you, the looks my daughter has had when we park in a disabled bay, despite having a blue badge, (she is autistic) is unbelevable. Aparently you have to be elderly and disabled, according to some folks.
Thanks ordered! I have ms and often get abuse for using disabled bays and toilets because my disability isn't obvious. Hopefully this will help
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Fantastic! Thank you

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Edited by: "guttediam" 23rd Jan
Wish there was a uniform dementia one, that everyone recognised.
Great idea, ordered. Thanks
Sounds like a good idea it's a shame that the design is a heart as I don't think my 14 year old son would be comfortable wearing this!
Thank you OP
Thank you OP!
Thank you, the looks my daughter has had when we park in a disabled bay, despite having a blue badge, (she is autistic) is unbelevable. Aparently you have to be elderly and disabled, according to some folks.
Thanks ordered! I have ms and often get abuse for using disabled bays and toilets because my disability isn't obvious. Hopefully this will help
nicciaa14 m ago

Thank you, the looks my daughter has had when we park in a disabled bay, …Thank you, the looks my daughter has had when we park in a disabled bay, despite having a blue badge, (she is autistic) is unbelevable. Aparently you have to be elderly and disabled, according to some folks.


Unfortunately the council here don't give out blue badges for autism etc just physical disabilities that affect mobility. I did read an article that they trying bring it in nationwide that you can obtain a blue badge for autism.
thesun.co.uk/mot…ws/

Blue badge for autism and dementia.
Edited by: "Mum2ConnornCerys" 23rd Jan
We live in Scotland, we have one for autism x
I have a chronic illness that's invisible so thankyou. x
Not sure if I'd find this useful for avoiding feeling embarrassed about using the disabled toilet, as if I would be embarrassed about that sort of think, no doubt I'd be as embarrassed to wear a blue badge too.
Thank you OP
Worthy idea, and I'm all for people with hidden disabilities having all the consideration they merit, but....

Accuse me of cynicism if you like, but I wonder how long before these lose any value by being ordered and used by scallywags who have no disability -- unless you count a narcissistic sense of entitlement (to park wherever they want, say).

Thanks. I have a chronic disability and will wear with pride.
But the average person on the street wouldn’t have a clue what what this badge means if they saw someone wearing it.
Ordered but not sure me flashing my heart badge will have muc effect considering I get questioned for having a blue badge in my car. A good thought so heat added.
Natcho7 h, 48 m ago

Sounds like a good idea it's a shame that the design is a heart as I don't …Sounds like a good idea it's a shame that the design is a heart as I don't think my 14 year old son would be comfortable wearing this!


Why?
I agree with the premise but this is a profit making company and not really sure how much weight this badge carries? If the NHS was behind it or it had gov or big charities backing to make this badge a recognised symbol but it does see to be a private company initiative on a very small scale with a profit in mind at the end of their day. Has anybody even heard of this until this post?
thomasleep1 h, 1 m ago

I agree with the premise but this is a profit making company and not …I agree with the premise but this is a profit making company and not really sure how much weight this badge carries? If the NHS was behind it or it had gov or big charities backing to make this badge a recognised symbol but it does see to be a private company initiative on a very small scale with a profit in mind at the end of their day. Has anybody even heard of this until this post?


Got to admit I tend to agree this just reeks of opportunist PR stunt. These things live or die on public recognition - the patient charity body of my own particular "disability" issues cards I'm supposed to be able to flash for access to facilities, but I might as well be showing them a picture of my cat for the good it does.

It's funny how people seem fine with multimillionaire Richy Rich Branson demanding a few million of NHS money, but woe betide someone using my precious toilet or park 6 feet nearer the door than I can.
Its a good idea. But like mentioned. Hardly any one will know what it represents. Not even the goverment have a clue on disibilties. If ypu can walk and mange to talk then your fine.

More needs to be done. Including educating the people who claim to know better
I suffer from Fibromyalgia, Epilepsy & blackouts (that happen without any warning) & people are always having a go at me on public transport for sitting in the priority seats. I have gotten into quite a few arguments with people about this as according to them I don't look like there's anything 'wrong' with me.
Can I use to park on yellow lines and disabled bays for free ?
HJboss2 h, 59 m ago

Can I use to park on yellow lines and disabled bays for free ?


YES
nicciaa110 h, 45 m ago

Thank you, the looks my daughter has had when we park in a disabled bay, …Thank you, the looks my daughter has had when we park in a disabled bay, despite having a blue badge, (she is autistic) is unbelevable. Aparently you have to be elderly and disabled, according to some folks.


However, when elderly people park in a parent and child spot they think it is okay.
Edited by: "MasonRed" 24th Jan
not really!
Thanks OP, heat.
HJboss9 h, 4 m ago

Can I use to park on yellow lines and disabled bays for free ?



NO, only if Blue Badge for mobility/health issues prvided by your local council or Department for infrastrucure in N. Ireland.
gov.uk/blu…cil
Ordered. I have fibromyalgia according to two hospitals. Nobody will know what it means but its a start.
simate1 h, 46 m ago

Ordered. I have fibromyalgia according to two hospitals. Nobody will know …Ordered. I have fibromyalgia according to two hospitals. Nobody will know what it means but its a start.


The awareness of fibromyagla is getting better. In severe cases it is very very debiiatating. Even some GP's doubted it existed but it has been confrmed by medical research and I believe recognised by DLA.
nicciaa123rd Jan

Thank you, the looks my daughter has had when we park in a disabled bay, …Thank you, the looks my daughter has had when we park in a disabled bay, despite having a blue badge, (she is autistic) is unbelevable. Aparently you have to be elderly and disabled, according to some folks.


I lost my leg (below knee) and because I don't walk with a limp i get loads of abuse as well on a normal day I can walk fine but still need to get my car door fully open to get out as my ankle doesn't bend, people are idiots
Thanks OP .I have a visual impairment which meant giving up car licence, Look normal but it affects my balance too,
Has anyone received these yet?
No, nothing here.
No nothing, 44 working days and still counting x
Got mine today
RachaelGrinham7th Mar

Has anyone received these yet?



Yes a few weeks ago
Still nothing.
Got mine now
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