Before I had a son who uses a wheelchair, I have to confess I was pretty blind to accessibility issues.
Going around London with Samuel (who is seven this week) in the three years since he got to first powered chair, my eyes have been opened to quite how inaccessible much of the capital is.
We can't use most of the tube or rail system (certainly our local station). Most shops on our high road have huge steps which we can't get into. We can't often get into our local cinema to see films. And as for churches...this weekend I had to carry him in and get three guys to help me up seven steps with his chair, right in the middle of the City of London, so we could get to a close friend's baptism (no fault of our friends I hasten to add!).
But this is a really helpful campaign from SCOPE - Time to Get Equal. Masses of blue-shirted Scope staff and volunteers handed out pledges in support of disabled people’s equality and left bright blue tags both to congratulate places that were easily accessible and highlight areas that continued to put up unfair barriers to disabled people.
Please sign the pledge to support equality for disabled people here
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