Disabled Access: to boldly go where everyone has gone before

Disabled Access: to boldly go where everyone has gone before

…where everyone has gone before.

You might recognise the slogan as a variation on Star Trek’s “To Boldly go where no one has gone before”. It used to be “To boldly go where no man has gone before”, but it was recognised that excluding women was backward thinking, and didn’t refelct a more equal society. But it seems that in the cinemas, that equal society does not extend to disabled people.

A disabled cinema goer from Streatham, has found it impossible to boldly go as far as his local cinema to see a Star Trek film.
His local movie house – the Streatham Odeon – has twiced asked him to leave on the basis that his wheelchair is a “fire hazard”.
This is from a cinema chain whose turnover is 2008 was over £11,000,000, they are a major concern, and should know better.

It seems that the Governement still has a great deal of work to do in educating business owners.

Although disabled people might argue that after 14 years of the Disability Discrimination Act, and 10 years where service providers had to remove physical barriers to disabled people’s access, the time has come for the Government to take a more active policing apporach, and not just rely on the good will of businesses or the commitment of disabled individuals to take a business to Court to try to get equal access.


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