Archive for discrimination

Too high a price for a pint

David Colley wrote the following ‘jokey style’ email to a pub chain yesterday: After a rather depressing visit to a Wetherspoons pub, I tried to cheer myself up. We all need to remember the bright side of discrimination, after all. Don’t we? So here’s what I wrote to them…. “Hello, Today I visited The Five Swans in Newcastle upon Tyne (NE1 7PG) a Wetherspoons pub. I am a wheelchair user and had significant problems. The... 
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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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Disabled toilets are accessible to no one

When you are out and about and rushing to find a loo, take a moment to reflect the state of our nation’s toilets. There is much to be said about the great plumbing put in place by the Romans and Victorians. But modern day public ablutions are fraught with stress. Visiting the loo often means you’re crammed in like sardines into the tinest of cubicals with no room for your bags, never mind your bum on that seat. Disabled people make up... 
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Disabled people not included: Building Britain’s Digital Future

Yesterday Gordon Brown outlined the Labour government’s plans for Building Britain’s Digital Future at The Hub in London. I followed on Twitter not being one of the lucky ones to be invited there in person. So who did attend to represent Disabled and Deaf people? This post focuses on the presentation of speech digitally – from a disability/deaf access point of view. A future post will review the plans. The video of Gordon Browns’... 
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