If you are not automatically eligible for a Blue Badge, you may be asked to go for a mobility assessment with an occupational therapist.
Assessments take place at Hebburn Central. They usually last about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
You will be asked about your condition and how it affects you when walking.
You will be asked to walk so the occupational therapist can see how your condition affects you.
You do not need to bring anything with you (such as documents or medication). However, you will be asked about your condition and any medication you take, based on the information you gave during your application.
You can bring someone who can sit in with you during the assessment.
After the assessment, you will be told by the occupational therapist what the decision is. You will also get a letter soon after.
What to talk about at your assessment
Remember to be honest and give as much information as you can about the difficulties you have when walking. Remember to include anything the occupational therapist won't be able to see while watching you walk. For example:
any pain you are in when walking
how long it takes you to walk on a normal journey (eg walking to the shops)
not being steady on your feet on different surfaces
if you find it hard getting back up after you have fallen down
There may be some days you find more difficult than others. Even if you are not having much difficulty on the day of your assessment, remember to talk about how difficult walking can be for you on other days.