What is the Access Card?
Information, Evidence, Discounts and Opportunities for Disabled People
The Access Card is a card like no other, we translate your disability / impairment into symbols which highlight the barriers you face and the reasonable adjustments you might need.
This then informs providers quickly and discreetly about the support you need and may gain you access to things like concessionary ticket prices and complex reasonable adjustments without having to go into loads of personal detail.
Its all based on your rights under the Equality Act and providers responsibilities.
Some organisations are now using the card to passport the need to provide evidence
(*commonly where there may be an opportunity to otherwise fraudulently access reasonable adjustments by non-disabled people). Where this is the case the Access Card is an optional way to simplify your bookings with several providers.
All for just £15 for 3 years!
Nimbus Disability, the company behind CredAbility and the Access Card, is a Social Enterprise Consultancy service set up in 2006 to provide advice and guidance to organisations on how best to meet disabled people’s needs in line with what was then the Disability Discrimination Act.
Over the years Nimbus has worked with a wide range of different companies each facing their own issues with regard to working with disabled people. Initially the development led to the roll out of CredAbility; CredAbility is a quality mark designed to show disabled people who are good and / or accessible providers.
It was work we were doing with the Live Music industry that first brought the Access Card to life. We wanted to provide disabled people with a quicker, simpler and more consistent way to provide ‘evidence’ that they are a disabled person needing access to reasonable adjustments. We, as disabled people ourselves, know what a pain it can be to have to keep sending copies of DLA letters and Blue Badges to places in order to get the right kind of ticket for an event.
We also wanted the Access Card to be about more than just ‘proving’ our needs and are constantly looking to add value to the Card so that Card Holders can also get access to relevant information and offers / discounts / concessions in their areas.
What Customers say…
The card would be a useful tool, to save me the time and humiliation of having to explain everything – often to people who don’t have time, or are in a noisy environment so I have to shout!
I want to attend gigs, but can’t do it if I’m not able to sit or have to queue to get in.
I have been asking for something like this for years. My disability is not always visible so I have to go through the embarrassment of explaining my personal health problems to complete strangers who sometimes don’t even believe me. I’m hoping this card will be recognised everywhere, as it will change my life!
I believe having something that is discreet and accepted will make things easier. I’ve tried a variety of places to find out about “registered disabled” and how to get classified only to find out that it doesn’t actually exist. A person shouldn’t have to carry paperwork with all kinds of personal information around with them just in case they need to get someone to understand they need help.
I am often in situations where I need to provide evidence of a disability, usually using proof of receipt of DLA. However this award has nothing to do with the reason for the need. A card which can be carried in a wallet and which relates to the need would seem ideal.