Essentra Security supports introduction of national Disabled Identification (DID) card

ID cards supplied by Essentra Security are being used to make life easier for disabled people. The ID cards – which, when printed, resemble a driving licence – negate the need for people to have to carry around documents verifying their disabilities.

There are approximately 11 million disabled people in the UK. The majority of impairments are not visible, with less than 8% of disabled people using wheelchairs.

The idea to create a national Disabled Identification (DID) card was thought up by Tanya Beaney following her observation that there were an increasing number of comments being posted on social media sites that disabled people were frustrated at having to constantly produce paperwork to prove they were entitled to some form of disability benefit in order to obtain a concessionary rate.

The DID card in detail

The DID card in detail

These cards works as certified ID for anyone who is registered as blind or is receiving qualifying disability benefits from the DLA, PIP, AFIP and the AA. It has been approved by various regulators of ID cards including the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the Security Industry Authority and Trading Standards.

Tanya Beaney’s idea has clearly caught the attention of a large number of people as their votes have resulted in the DID card making the shortlist for the semi-finals of the 2015 Virgin Media Pitch-to-Rich Competition.

Essentra Security supplied Beaney with a Magicard Rio Pro printer, software and ID card stock to enable her to set up a card issuance programme. The Rio Pro printer was chosen because of its reputation for being reliable, as well as its high print speed and an ability to offer single or double-sided printing.

Tanya Beaney

Tanya Beaney

“We’re very pleased to have had the opportunity to support Tanya with the launch of the DID card,” enthused Sue Woodcock, marketing manager for Essentra Security. “ID cards are commonly used day-to-day in so many different ways, including for access control, cashless vending, library systems, time and attendance and for visitor management systems. It’s good news that our ID solutions are now helping people with disabilities who are rightly entitled to concessionary pricing at theatres and museums, etc and for many other public environments.”

*Disabled individuals or their guardians can apply for a DID card by visiting: www.did-card.co.uk/apply.php

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