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Fiona Jarvis

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Style & disability should not be mutually exclusive

If you're disabled people assume your sense of style is no longer important e.g. disability equipment designers & manufacturers think we like 'grey' and purely functional design. They also assume we have no money to pay for premium products.

Smart, trendy places assume we don't want too visit so don't pay attention to disabled access & facilities. If they have them they are rarely shown on their websites

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    Oct 7 2013: Here for your interest is the major law in the United States requiring that places of public accommodation, including restaurants, stores, theaters, public buildings, swimming pools and saunas, and so forth provide ready access to people with disabilities. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americans_with_Disabilities_Act_of_1990#Title_III.E2.80.94Public_accommodations_.28and_commercial_facilities.29
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      Oct 7 2013: Hi, We were aware of this and there is nothing in the UK that makes venues adhere to the law unless there's a class action!! Even so to refer to law all the time makes us feel like a legal compliance issue rather than a valued and wanted customer??!
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        Oct 7 2013: As you can see from the link, the law has been in place for twenty-five years, so by now everyone just uses the access that is convenient for them, I think, without any thought to the law that a quarter of a century ago made nearly everything accessible.

        It is a real shock here to come across a venue that is not accessible, which I noticed a few months ago in visiting an historic building without accommodation to a second floor ballroom.

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