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Carers and Personal Assistant Tickets

By 25th May 2016 No Comments

The volunteers of the Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum (LGBT CSF) deliver all aspects of Prides planned Access facilities on the day of the event. The LGBT CSF, Pride & Accessibility Matters believe Deaf, Blind, Older & Disabled people should be able to apply for an extra ticket, free of charge, if they would be unable to attend Pride without the active support of another person.

Reasoning: Disabled customers support needs frequently involve 1:1 support at all times, but these are far more likely to be focussed on specific aspects of a visit to a venue, such as travel, interacting with staff, eating and drinking, being within a crowd, navigation and travel around a building or using the toilet facilities. By implementing a policy that allows Deaf and Disabled people to be accompanied by a Personal Assistant free of charge, Brighton Pride are ensuring that access requirements can be met without further cost to their disabled customers.

An individual making use of a Personal Assistant at Pride does so in order to facilitate an equal experience, and waiving the charge of their attendance is thus an appropriate and reasonable adjustment on behalf of the Pride organisers when seeking to comply with the Equality Act 2010. We promote the use of the term ‘Personal Assistant’ in relation to providing free tickets to a customer who requires assistance at Pride, as is a neutral phase that can apply to forms of personal support. In contrast, sole use of the term ‘Carer’ does not reflect the reality of the majority of people who do not require personal care assistance. ‘Personal Assistance’ is also far more appropriate for a Deaf person wishing to make use of a Communication Support Assistant.

Eligibility
In order to issue a Personal Assistant ticket we will need evidence of the following proof of the following:
Receipt of your purchased ticket (please email your confirmation of purchase to access@brighton-pride.org and evidence of one of the following:
Front page of DLA / PIP (no specific rate)
Front page of Attendance Allowance letter (no specific rate)
Evidence you are registered severely sight impaired (blind)
Recognised Assistance Dog ID card

For Access help click here. Alternatively you can email access@brighton-pride.org. Please note that these contact details are for access issues regarding facilities for the deaf, blind, disabled and older Pride attendees only. Other Pride related info such as stalls/vendors, road closures, act line ups and bus information can not be answered here. For all other pride related info visit here or email info@brighton-pride.org

Please note: Although priority will go to those people that receive one of the above all applications will be considered individually.

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