A little space and time please

Hi, I’m Lindsay and I live in Durham with my husband and 5-year-old daughter.  I am partially sighted due to congenital cataracts, but I also have glaucoma and nystagmus.  This means I can’t see things at a distance, and I have a reduced visual field.  Before COVID, I used public transport every day, taking my daughter to nursery and travelling extensively for work.  I was confident and travelling was something I never worried about.   

Now things are very different.  As I have not used public transport regularly for such a long time, it feels a bit like having to relearn everything all over again such as accessing timetables, buying tickets etc.  I feel my confidence has definitely dropped as travelling is more of an unknown quantity now.  Things like being able to find a seat with reduced capacity, reading signage in bus and railway stations, and just getting a feel for it again are things I am worried about.  

It would help for the public to be aware that just getting out and about again may be quite challenging for some people, and to be supportive - give people time, space and assistance if needed.  It is also important to remember that not all disabilities are visible, so we need to be kinder to one another.   

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