Jo Worgan column

Guardian columnist Jo Worgan.
Guardian columnist Jo Worgan.

Well on Sunday it was the Vue cinema’s Autism Friendly Screening of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

This special screening happens on the last Sunday of the month, and I have mentioned how fantastic these screenings are on various occasions.

However, what was different this time around was that Tom got to use his Cinema Exhibitors’ Association (CEA) card. This is a card that allows the person who is accompanying the card holder, to be admitted into the screening for free. Anyone who is registered blind, or who is receiving DLA (Disability Living Allowance) or PIP (Personal Independence Payment), can apply for a card.

I had often thought about getting Tom a card, but for some reason had never got around to it. However, the other month I saw a link that now informed me that I could apply for a card online on the CEA card website.

In the past you could only apply on paper so I thought I should apply. All you need to do to apply online is to enter your personal details, upload a passport-style ID photo, as well as a scanned copy of an appropriate document proving your eligibility.

All of this I did via my phone. I found a recent photo of Tom and I took another photo of my latest DLA form. All that was needed then was to pay the £6 fee when prompted. After my order had been competed, I received my card within two days.

The card lasts a year and all that you need to do when you go to the cinema is to hand over you card to the member of staff behind the counter. I have to say that Tom was very excited about using his card and told the lady behind the counter, “My name is Tom, hello”, to which she gave him a huge smile. Stephen just stood there and rolled his eyes, but he too had a huge grin on his face.

Anyway, the boys both really enjoyed the film as well as the copious amounts of popcorn, I as ever had coffee. As we were there the boys saw a trailer for Shaun the Sheep the movie, and Tom loves Shaun the Sheep, so I think that this will be our next movie outing.