About the cards
Disability Awareness cards were introduced in response to feedback from disabled people and parents of children and young people with disabilities who didn't want to carry the paperwork proving they were entitled to some form of disability benefit, in order to obtain a concessionary rate, support or extra assistance at venues such as fast tracking at a theme park.
In particular, parents of children and young people with disabilities and special needs, whose disability is not immediately obvious (perhaps autism, global developmental delay) find it hard to explain.
The card will have a photograph of the cardholder and is issued to disabled children and young people who meet the eligibility criteria for the Register for Children and Young People with Disabilities. Many establishments (theatres, museums, attractions, leisure facilities) offer concessionary prices and in some cases offer free entry to a carer or assistant. The card can be used as proof that they are entitled to concessions, discounts or other assistance.
A Disability Awareness card will support families, children and young people when accessing local facilities in Kingston and Richmond and nationwide. It is a good idea to check with out of borough facilities (e.g. Lego land) before visiting that they will accept the leisure card instead of the usual DLA/PIP award or diagnosis letter.
The "I-Count Card" in Kingston
Families in Kingston may have been issued with an I-Count card. They will be able to continue to use their I-Count cards until they expire and then they will be issued with a new Disability Awareness card.
Applying for a card
If you don't already have a card please read the page about the Register for Children and Young People with Disabilities for information on eligibility and how to apply to join the register.
Enquiries about existing card renewals
If you need to renew your card please contact the ISCD Business Support Team at the address below, enclosing 2 passport photos of your child or young person.
ISCD Business Support Team
Integrated Service for Children with Disabilities
Moor Lane Centre, Chessington, KT9 2AA