Being disabled can often mean facing additional expenses and financial challenges. However, many companies and organizations offer discounts for disabled people in the entertainment and travel industries. With a little bit of research and planning, you can discover a whole world of possibilities.
Many venues and attractions offer discounted tickets for disabled people and their carers. These can include museums, galleries, theaters, and theme parks. Some popular options for entertainment discounts include:
Cinema Exhibitors' Association (CEA) Card
The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed for UK cinemas, which ensures that participating cinemas make reasonable adjustments for disabled guests when they go to the cinema; in particular, it ensures a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them.
Music & Performance Venues
Music & Performance venues run by local councils offer discounts for disabled customers, free carers tickets and accessible seating for many of their events. Check your local venues for details.
Performances and Exhibitions, which are sponsored by The Arts Council, offer a free carer's ticket, as well as a reduction in price for the disabled visitor.
Information about the Arts Council Disability Equality Scheme
Local Museums & Galleries
Council run museums and galleries are free, but often have to visit exhibitions which are charged. In many cases, a free carers ticket is offered, as well as a reduction in price for the disabled visitor. For example, special exhibitions at The V&A Museum, London, offer this to disabled visitors. Check with the museum, and have some form of evidence, such as your Blue Badge or Disabled Railcard, when getting your ticket.
Carer's get Free admission at National Trust and English Heritage properties
Both the National Trust and English Heritage give free entry to companions or carers of disabled visitors. The disabled visitor pays the normal admission fee or membership. To save having to ask for free entry at a National Trust property, you can apply for an ‘Access for All Admit One Card’ in advance.
Click this link to find out how to apply for a National Trust Essential Companion Card
Click this link to read an article about the English Heritage Carers Go Free Policy
Free admission for carers at football matches
Some clubs offer this to fans with disabilities and their carers.
Check with your local club to see if they do.
When it comes to travel, many organizations offer discounts for disabled individuals and their carers. Some popular options include:
The Blue Badge scheme offers discounted or free parking for disabled drivers, and can be a great way to save money on transportation costs.
Many airlines offer special assistance services for travelers with disabilities, including wheelchair assistance and onboard medical equipment. Carers can also travel with disabled individuals at a reduced fare on some airlines.
Many travel companies specialize in providing accessible travel experiences for people with disabilities, and can help you find the best deals and accommodations for your needs.
Get 1/3 off rail travel for yourself and any person accompanying you with a Disabled Person's Railcard
Further information on rail travel
Reduced price fares are available for disabled travellers, and there is a helpline to plan your journey.
National Express Assisted Travel Team can be contacted as follows:
Via the customer service centre Tel: 0371 781 81 81 lines are open 7 days a week, 8am - 10pm.
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Assisted Travel Team
National Express House
You can apply here for a National Express Disabled Coachcard and save 1/3 of the price of a ticket.
Proof of disability
Some of the deals available for disabled people will specify that to qualify you to need to be ‘registered disabled’ without making it clear what this means. As there is no such thing as a register for disabled people a copy of your letter from the Department for Work and Pensions showing that you are eligible for disability benefits is normally accepted as proof that you’re disabled if you are ever asked or a copy of your blue badge or your disabled bus pass.
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