Cornwall’s biggest event discriminates against hidden disabilities – claim

What were the organisers of the Royal Cornwall Show thinking? “If it’s good enough for the government…”?

That must be the thought going through the heads of people with disabilities – and campaigners for them like This Writer – after hearing that the biggest show in Cornwall would only give a free carer ticket on the day to people in wheelchairs:

Marie Louisa Ralph, whose two sons are autistic and whose elder son Malachy also has Tourette’s Syndrome, accused the Royal Cornwall Show (RCS) of being in breach of equality laws and ignoring the needs of disabled people whose disability may not be as obvious as being in a wheelchair.

Marie said: “Wheelchairs are no proof of disability but RCS are effectively putting their own interpretation on what disability is. They haven’t got a clue. I’m a big believer in independence for disabled people, many of whom can work and are just as entitled as anyone else to access public event. They might just need a carer with them even if they’re not in a wheelchair.”

The show’s organisers seem to have claimed that Ms Ralph was mistaken and there was a concession for carers – if they pre-booked online. The deadline for that had passed and so the only concession available was if a disabled person arrived in a manual wheelchair.

They provided no rationale for this restriction.

Organisers also insisted that their scheme works well – and that it is a voluntary provision that they are not duty-bound to offer.

So disability discrimination is still considered to be perfectly acceptable at major public events, then?

Source: Royal Cornwall Show accused of hidden disability discrimination – Cornwall Live

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