Am i eligible for a disabled persons Rail card?

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  1. HellaEllie

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    Heyo! :3, so

    I'm looking at getting a disabled persons railcard as it'd be really handy for me at this current time, But im wondering if im eligible

    i've been diagnosed with aspergers or high functioning autism as they call it nowadays and are in recipt of DLA Benefits, But it looks like its more for physical impairments and thus why im posting here :D
     
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    I used to work with someone who got their Disabled Railcard on the grounds of limited hearing in one ear.

    (Incidentally, his brother-in-law was the audiometrist who performed the test.)
     
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    Correct, if you have been diagnosed as deaf and needing a hearing aid, then submitting a copy of your NHS Battery Book with the application form and the required fee gives you a Disabled Adult Railcard.
    Exactly how I got mine after being diagnosed at one of my NR medicals.
     
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    Curiously, this chap didn't wear a hearing aid and seemed to have pretty good hearing in spite of it...

    He did have other health issues (retired medically unfit in the end) so I didn't make a fuss about it.
     
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    You can't necessarily tell if someone is wearing a hearing aid. I have limited hearing in one ear, have an NHS hearing aid and am thus eligible for the Disabled Persons Railcard. But I now have an in-ear device which you can't see at all. It's moulded to the inside of my ear and is a perfect fit. I had to buy it privately, but it's so much more comfortable.
     
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    I have limited hearing and have a disabled bus pass but
    Thought you had to pay for the disabled rail card?
     
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    You do - it's £20 per year, or £54 for three years. The cost, the almost total validity and the fact that it's valid for two people makes it exceptional value, if you're eligible.
     
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    Going to have to get one for my wife - according to this thread she would be eligible and my YP card expires soon.
     
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    I received mine for those very reasons and they are certainly a good deal.
     
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    You would both have to be travelling together. If your not the railcard holder it wouldn't be valid on your own
     
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    Yes I'm aware of that, I was planning on getting a two together card but that has more restrictions.
     
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    It's a pity that. My mother is disabled to the point where she cannot travel alone. She has a railcard.

    It would be great to be able to "drop her off" somewhere and collected her later. Or go with her to my sister's place in Cornwall and leave her there (not permanently!)

    The problem is that I would be travelling without her on the "return" portion home.

    I suppose no easy way to allow this without it being widely abused.
     
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    That's simple enough. Use two sets of tickets for this. When you take her there, have return tickets for both of you. When you have dropped her off, buy yourself a return ticket. When you go back to pick her up, use the return portion of that to get yourself back down there and when you travel back with her, use the return portions of the original two tickets.

    This of course assumes that you are picking her up again within the usual month's validity of a return.
     
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    Yep, though then, of course, I'm paying the full rate.
     
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    No you aren't; the disabled railcard can be used by just the card holder on their own. It does not have to have a second person present and travelling.





    This, of course, assumes you are the card holder. If she's the card holder then you could use cheap advances to get home and then back to Cornwall?
     
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    He said it's his disabled mother who has the railcard.
     
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    Have you tried writing to the train company's customer service team explaining what you want to do and why? I often find that they are very accomodating for their disabled passengers, and you may even be given a free pass. It's worth asking, anyway.
     
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    Thanks, I hadn't thought of that. Certainly railway people "on the spot" have always been great, as have other pax.

    Yes, it's my mother who has the railcard. The most useful thing would be for me to go with her London/Redruth and leave her there (I'd return same day, probably not even going outside of Redruth station). My sister would likely drive her back. So really I would just need a "concession" in respect of my return. (If my sister trained it, then she'd have the same situation - outbound with my mother, returning without.)

    Advanced ticketing doesn't really work, because her condition is a bit unstable and it's difficult to plan.
     
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    So have I, for me it's called an autistic spectrum condition.
    Anyway.
    If it's not for the Lower Rate Care component then you are. What you do when you apply you submit a copy of the award letter with your application. I had DPRC when I was getting DLA.

    On a side note PIP is replacing DLA.
     
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