Monday, February 18News For London

Young people with disabilities struggle to enjoy everyday activities


Young People with disabilities are struggling to enjoy simple services such as dining in a restaurant.

Source: Ed Yourdon

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, charities and organization are trying to raise awareness of the rights of disabled around the world, yet young people with disabilities are more likely to face daily life challenges and are less likely to enjoy many essential services as simple as dining in a restaurant, shopping or traveling.

Fleur Perry, 25, said: “I have been refused service in a restaurant, patronized by till staff, and asked to email ahead by a cinema, I feel there is more to be done to make sure disabled people are included by the leisure industry.”

She also added: “I face a lot of difficulties to access transport, flying is something I just won’t do; transport need to do more to assure me that my wheelchair will be in one piece when I reach my destination.”

And in regards of her shopping experience, she told us: “Websites and shops offering products aimed at disabled customers tend to focus on older people, and rarely offer stylish and everyday essentials but rather offers blocky items with a “hospital” aesthetic.”

On international day of persons with disabilities the Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton MP, told the politics home that her top priority is to stop disabled people from being excluded from the daily simple activities. Also, raise awareness and help business to realize that it is in their interest to include disabled costumers.

Raya Al Jadir, a student at Queen Mary university said: “Living with disability in London is very challenging. She added: “When I go to some restaurants they let me enter from the back door kitchen instead of the main door, I feel this emphasis the discrimination towards the disabled people that we should not be seen.”

Many shops are not accessible for the disabled that makes it even more of an unpleasant experience, Al Jadir said:  “Shops during Christmas are overloaded with stocks and decorations which makes it hard for a person on a wheelchair to move or even for a visually impaired.”  She added: “There were many plays in theatres that I wanted to attend, but they told me that it’s a heritage building and cannot be accessed by my wheelchair.

Philip Connolly, Policy manager, at Disability Rights UK added that the UK has major challenges due to the old system and old info structure and London itself is a very historic city. He said: “ It will take time for change to be made but people with disabilities can’t wait either, economical investment should consider the disabled needs and building more accessible railways must be a top priority.”

More than 1 billion people across the world and about 15% of everyone on the planet have some sort of disability, according to the United Nations.

Connolly added: “Many people can play a role in helping the disabled and that they themselves will become disabled before they die, people in every position will be dealing with disabled costumers, employees, students, and clients.”

In a previous article published by “The Guardian”, the government said: “It had made significant progress, but admitted, “there is always more we can do”.

What is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities?

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992 and it falls on the 3rd of December each year. It aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities.