Archive for Disability Discrimination

BBC to make Dr Who Experience fully accessible

Yesterday the BBC responded fully to Samatha’s blog complaint about her visit to the Dr Who Experience in April 2011. Their email* (cc’d to Pesky People by the BBC and printed here with their full agreement) unreservedly takes on her complaints and they will address them fully including offering Samantha a return visit as their guest and a full refund for her and her party (of 7). It is a fantastic result for Samantha and will not only... 
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IKEA don’t seem to like disabled people much

Or rather, they don’t seem to like making things accessible or easy for disabled people. I went to Ikea Gateshead on Thursday to mooch for some new stuff. None of the induction loop systems by staff workstations or tills were working when I tried to use them to talk to staff. This is shocking – every single loop system I tried to use wasn’t functioning – I checked, and the loop setting on my hearing aid was working fine. When I asked... 
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Dr Who Experience

Guest post by Samantha UPDATE – Monday 16th May 2011: It took no time for the BBC to respond to Samantha after Pesky People alerted them to her blog post about her visit Dr Who Experience in April. Samantha is delighted at the response from Philip Fleming, Head of Communications, Global Brands, BBC Worldwide It is well worth taking the time to read Philip Fleming’s response in full as it shows that it is worth letting a company know... 
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Wheelchairs not allowed

Earlier today an another Disabled person experienced disability discrimination and was refused entry to an art gallery becuase she “took up too much room”. Even without knowing the full facts of Dea Birkett’s daughter’s visit and experience at Proud Gallaries. What do you do when you are turned away for being Disabled? An art gallary at full capacity can manage the situation for a visitor and the gallery – it is simple... 
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As the USA celebrates the (ADA) we get the DDA, Big Society and a Race online (by 2012)

Disabled people and Deaf people across the States celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act yesterday and it was streamed live from The White House. It came into force in 1990. It would take the UK another 6 years to get the Disability Discrimination Act into place – 2 years after the 1994 Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) Bill was talked out by Nicolas Scott – the then Minister for Disabled people using political... 
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