Gatwick Airport launches lanyard to help people with hidden disabilities

Gatwick Airport has launched a lanyard for passengers with hidden disabilities who may require additional support when travelling through the airport.

The lanyard, which is voluntary for passengers with hidden disabilities and their families, will act as a discreet sign for staff that additional support or help may be required.

It was launched at Gatwick Airport as part of Dementia Awareness Week (15-21 May), and is supported by charities including the Alzheimer’s Society, The National Autistic Society (NAS) and Action on Hearing Loss. 

Gatwick Airport has been working closely with charities and OCS, which provides passenger assistance services at Gatwick, to promote greater awareness and understanding of the challenges passengers with hidden disabilities can experience when travelling through busy environments.

As part of the initiative, Gatwick is increasing awareness and training of airport staff and appointing ‘workplace champions’ to provide enhanced assistance for passengers with hidden disabilities. Gatwick’s commitment follows its support of the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge and the airport’s involvement with the Air Transport Group to improve the travelling experience for all passengers with hidden disabilities.  

The lanyard will ensure staff are aware passengers may:  


Odeon Cinema Tickets

As always, adjustments will be in place for all of the screenings. These include: lights being left on low, no adverts, lower sound levels, people being able to move around the cinema and able to take their own food. Flyers are attached to my email – please do print and share, as well as send onto anybody you feel would be interested in the screenings.

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*ODEON tickets may be subject to a £1 Blockbuster charge if the film is a new release.

**Please remember ODEON’s trial of Autism Friendly Screenings for older audiences are screened at 6pm on the Monday following ODEON’s usual Autism Friendly Screening, at nine cinemas selected to run the trial. Birmingham Broadway Plaza, Blanchardstown, Cardiff, Glasgow Quay, Greenwich, Sheffield, Southampton, Trafford Centre and Wimbledon ODEON cinemas are participating in this trial.

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Canterbury Autism/Asperger Syndrome Support Group For Parents and Carers

Provides support and gives an opportunity for parents and carers to talk and listen to others with similar experiences. It also provides a forum for exchanging ideas and information and discussing any concerns.

For further information please contact The Kent Autistic Trust on 01634 405168 or email


SPOTS (Supporting People on the Spectrum)

A support group run by parents/carers for families & friends of children & young people on the Autistic Spectrum

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Health Checks for Carers

The Carers’ Centre, 80 Middle Street, Deal CT14 6HL

During your appointment the nurse will offer the following checks

Blood Pressure * BMI * Weight

A Carer Support Worker will be available to talk to should you wish

If you wish to make an appointment please call 01304 364637. 

Disability Swim Sessions

Hartsdown/Tides have started a monthly disability swim session.  Floats, toys, lane swimming in a safe and fun environment.

Please note there may be occasions where session dates are changed due to area swim gala programmes. Please check Your Leisure website.

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