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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Let Me In!

One of the most challenging aspects of living with a disability is the isolation that comes with it. Having a disability makes it harder to go places and do things due to the limits of your condition. However, the isolation is made worse by the inaccessibility of many public places.

There are a wide range of conditions that make accessing facilities difficult. Many places aren't suitable for people affected by conditions like autism that causes sensory overload. Every person living with disability counts and deserves equal access to public places. This campaign will seek to help people affected by the whole spectrum of conditions.

Lots of venues are "wheelchair accessible". Sometimes this means that there is an easy to use ramp, a large disabled toilet near the entrance and lifts. This is fantastic and it is great to see venues adapting themselves to be inclusive. Sadly, in some cases, wheelchair accessible means a ramp that was added as an after thought, a disabled toilet right at the back and no lift. This sends the message that people living with disabilities don't matter and don't deserve the same access to places as non disabled people. People living with disabilities should have equal access to facilities and equal value in society.

Let Me In! seeks to obtain equal access for people living with disabilities. Together we can make a difference. Watch this space; together we can ask councils and businesses to Let Me In!

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