Disabled woman who wanted to join Ladies Group asked 'are there no disabled groups you can join?'
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She responded to an advert offering 'meeting for coffee, walking, cinema, meals, and generally having fun with new friends' and claims she got the following response:
'I think you wrote to me last year about joining the group.If you are the same lady, you said you were 61 and used a wheelchair as you were disabled.
At the time I wrote back to say that this group of ladies are extremely active and I would hate anyone to feel left out of any activities that we get up to.Also as well as doing lots of active things they talk a lot about what more can they do as they want to keep as fit as possible to halt the aging process.
To be honest I would sit and worry about you a lot because how could you get involved and would it not make you feel really bad that you could not participate?
Are there no disabled groups at all in the area?'Scope's Richard Lane said:
'Unfortunately, we hear from disabled people who have been turned away from clubs and activities in their area, just because they're disabled.Unwelcoming attitudes can lead to disabled people feeling isolated and excluded from community life.
To help improve attitudes we need to increase familiarity with disability and disabled people.'
What do you think? Have you ever faced a similar experience?
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