Case Study

Wheelchairs, toilets and crutches

I had an argument with a branch chair who said a venue was accessible. What he meant was a ramp into the rear room we were using directly from the outside. The fact a wheelchair user couldn’t get to the bar was “ok because someone will go for her”. The fact a wheelchair couldn’t leave the room to go to the toilet didn’t come into anyone’s consideration and they didn’t understand why that was an issue.

Actually can you emphasise in general how toilets can be make or break?

Also people need to stop looking in terms of wheelchair users all the time. I’ve been in venues that are great if you’re in a wheelchair but on crutches are a nightmare.