Twitter thread shows reality of a night out in a wheelchairMarch 26, 2019
Despite it not being totally surprising that disabled people still experience discrimination, it’s still shocking that in 2019 it’s so blatant.
Journalist Lucy Webster documented her experience of a night out in London, exposing just how inaccessible and discriminatory many people and venues are.
Her Twitter thread on the subject starts at a bar where (despite the lift to the dance floor being broken) things go relatively well.
When Lucy and her friends decide to go on to a club, however, is when things go downhill.
Lucy searched online for an accessible club, finding one nearby to where they were. When they got to the door, though, the staff refused to let her in.
Initially, the bouncer told the group that – although people were still being let in and there were no physical access issues – they couldn’t come in because it was too busy and it was for Lucy’s safety.
A second bouncer then got involved with a second reasoning that the music is ‘too rowdy’ for Lucy to enter the club.
After a back and forth, Lucy decided to leave the club and get food with her friends, opting for a KFC before going home instead.
They knew the chicken shop wasn’t wheelchair accessible, so Lucy’s friends went inside in ordered while she waited.
Drunk passers-by laughed at her and one even tried to spin her wheelchair, leaving Lucy in tears on the taxi home.
A colleague of Lucy’s at the BBC contacted the club in question, who offered their apologies and promised to retrain their third party staff.
Apologies and promises to change are always welcome, but this situation should never have happened in the first place.
Accessibility undoubtedly needs to improve – but attitudes from staff and the general public even more so.
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