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For all those who won't fold for wheelchairs YABU

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GobbySadcase Tue 24-Sep-13 11:39:59

only now it's legally recognised

* blows raspberries *

ProudAS Wed 25-Sep-13 14:15:41

*Although superseded by the equality act the DDA is unique in anti-discrimination law in this country as it does allow discrimination in favour of a disabled person.

So you can allow a disabled person to jump a queue, sit in a preferred sat, allow their assistance dog into a place food is sold etc.

Yes it is discrimination, a blind person can take their guide dog into a restaurant, I can't take my cat. Yes I am discriminated against, but I am a sensible human being. I can see the point.

Whilst treating a disabled person more favourably may be legal in some circumstances I would not describe the situations sassh describes as discrimination.

If queueing, having to sit elsewhere, not being able to take dog into restaurant etc will place a disabled person at substantial disadvantage then it is only right that allowances are made.

BarbarianMum Wed 25-Sep-13 14:28:22

Of course, ProudAS

What I was trying to get at is that individuals do (legally) have to respect the right of wheelchair users to access these 'Wheelchair Spaces'. It is not enough for the bus company to supply them then not make them be accessible by moving other travelers, if necessary.

A lot of people upthread have said that if individuals refuse to move the driver can't make them. I'm disagreeing with that.

Weller Wed 25-Sep-13 15:00:38

It is the need of the disabled person which needs to be met, the individual person. Wheel chair space are installed for wheel chair use as priority. In the same way as blue badge, being disabled does not entitle you to one but your needs do. It is not one disabled person trumping another it is meeting the needs of individuals. A disabled person who could not fold or carry a baby safely should really inform the driver so the driver knows the circumstances before a wheelchair user tries to board. When in the states they gave me a large sticker for a major Maclaren with a wheel chair picture on it I could see this as a way forward. As this and other threads prove people will abuse for their own benefit.

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