TFL introduce badges for people with disabilities
Some people are under the assumption that disabilities and illnesses have to be seen to be believed, which is bad news if you're someone who looks fine, but in actual fact, you have symptoms from your illness that cause cognitive dysfunctions, dizziness, debilitating pain, and anything else it throws at you.
If, for example, you've got a brain injury, or your vision is impaired, you might need a little help convincing someone that you need assistance now and then.
Well, Transport for London have come up with an idea which could be useful.
They say: "Many of our customers, particularly disabled people and people with hidden conditions, tell us they struggle to get a seat when they need one. We have developed a badge and card that we hope will help."
"We are recruiting 1,000 people for a month-long trial and all those taking part will receive a card and badge, similar to our Baby on Board badge, which carries the message 'Please offer me a seat'. The trial will help us understand if the badge or card can help people access a seat, and understand the reactions of other customers."
"Any customer interested in taking part can get in touch with the research agency 2CV, who is working with us on the trial, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org."
The badges look like this (and the cards are similar too, if you don't want to wear a badge and have something a bit more discrete).
The idea here, is that people with invisible illnesses and disabilities won't have to explain themselves if they require a seat, and indeed, it is hoped that people will be courteous enough to offer their seat if they're presented with a badge or card.
Of course, there'll be some who will worry that some will print their own cards off for nefarious reasons, but we think it is highly unlikely someone will go to that trouble, just so they can sit down on a Tube for 3 minutes.
It goes without saying that there's going to be some people who refuse to budge when presented with one of these buttons or cards, but there's not a lot you can do when faced with an arsehole, and presumably, someone else will offer their seat.
For all the information you need on this, check the TfL's statement about it, here.