TfL introduces "Please offer me a seat" disability badges
Category: Industry News, university, college, hospital, cancer, chemotherapy
People with hidden health conditions are being offered "Please offer me a seat" badges in a bid to help ease their suffering on London transport.
The Transport for London (TfL) trial follows the success of its "Baby on board" badge for pregnant women.
TfL is recruiting 1,000 people to start wearing the blue badges from 12 September.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he hoped they would "give confidence" to people who find standing difficult.
Some travellers, such as James McNaught who is joining the trial, had already started making their own badges to alert fellow passengers to their condition.
The 45-year-old designed "Cancer on board" badges after travelling on the Tube between Kentish Town and University College Hospital for chemotherapy.
Radiotherapy on his throat left him unable to speak to ask for a seat, and the morphine made him appear drunk.
"I'm really pleased TfL is doing this trial," he said. "A badge and card could help make a real difference to the lives of people undergoing drug treatment or with longer term conditions or disabilities."
TfL will use social media and customer information to encourage other passengers to look out for the badges.
"This small act of consideration from Londoners could make a huge difference to disabled people getting around the city and being fully involved in all London has to offer," said Alice Mitchell-Pye of charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.
The six-week trial is believed to be the first of its kind in Europe.
VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please call 02037405973 or email [email protected] for more information.
We are also officially recommended by Disability Confident as a step on achieving Employer status, pleaseclick herefor more information.
VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work
environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your
diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please email
[email protected] for more information.
Did you know that users who have filled in their profile details are 42 times more likely to get matched with the right employer?
Help us find the best workplace for you by sharing more about yourself.
We will never disclose your information with others.
Jacobs - Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion
Jacobs received its first top score in the 2021 Disability Equality Index (DEI), a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices related to disability inclusion and workplace equality...
What I learned through living with invisible disabilities
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Hypermobility Syndrome (Ehler Danlos) two years ago. I had been experiencing pain and discomfort in my muscles and joints for no reason and was so tired that I co...
Moneysupermarket Group Licence to Hire: Placing EDI at the heart of recruitment
Hi, I’m Emma Neary, Head of Talent Acquisition and Employer Brand for Moneysupermarket Group. We operate a number of price comparison sites for a whole range of products from credit cards to broadband...
A day in the life of the Army recruitment medical team at Capita
Our Army recruitment medical team evaluate candidates’ mental and physical health and fitness to assist them in their journey to joining the British Army.
It’s an interesting, challenging and stimulat...