Do you pop into your favourite coffee shop on your way to work? Dine at your preferred restaurant with ease? Go shopping for a new outfit stress free?
Most of us don’t give these pleasures a second thought, but I’d like to ask your readers, what if having a disability meant you could no longer go about your day with such ease?
Having personal experience of disability myself, I know this is a reality for many disabled people, and I’d like to tell East Lancs News readers why change is vital.
As a non-disabled person, you would never expect to be denied access to your favourite coffee shop, or be unable to use public toilet facilities because there isn’t one available, so why are we ignoring the needs of disabled people?
I work for Revitalise – an incredible charity that runs the Sandpipers respite holiday centre in Southport, providing short breaks for disabled people and carers from around the North West region and beyond.
As an organisation we often highlight issues of importance to disabled people and our latest study revealed some disappointing results. Six out of 10 non-disabled people admitted to using disabled toilets, and more than 1 in 10 of us use disabled parking spaces either sometimes or habitually.
With the amazing Rio Paralympics still fresh in our minds, we believe that if non-disabled people were to simply make small changes to their attitudes and habits, they will be helping to create a more inclusive society for disabled people and really keeping the Paralympic legacy alive!