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Published April 17th 2014
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Surprisingly, there are still quite a few people who are not aware of the Companion Card. I'm not talking just about those for whom it is unnecessary, but about those whom very much deserve to have the Companion Card and are not aware of it.
Word needs to get out there, so they become more acceptable for use by all organisations.
What is a Companion Card? In a nutshell, those with significant permanent disabilities whom cannot get about in their life without the aid of a companion are those whom qualify for this card.
Not every person with a disability qualifies for the card. You have to be able to demonstrate that your need is life long and that you cannot participate in most community activities and venues without a helping hand from a companion.
It's about accessing services and entertainment without being discriminated upon and having to pay twice as much as anyone else, just because you need to take someone in with you to participate in activities that others can do independently.
It is a surprise to find out that even theatres come to the party. It's an unexpected gesture when you consider their tickets are quite pricey. When you book tickets for the theatre, there's a special number you can ring to organise a free Companion Card seat. Theatres have a set number of seats set aside for wheelchairs and therefore its always good to book ahead.
The same goes for cinemas. With the Companion Card, the companion can go in for free to assist you.
The website has a list of organisations whom honour the Companion Card. Don't expect that every organisation recognises or honours the card. For instance, with the Ferries that go along the Yarra river, not all of them honour the Companion Card.
Public transportation for the companion with the card, is free.
Get onto the website link above to find out how to apply for it, along with other information.