A man from Worthing has set up a petition to make it mandatory for public facing staff to receive disability awareness training.
Drew Taylor is campaigning for ‘Niamh’s Law’ in memory of his late fiancé who worked as a carer for profoundly disabled children.
Niamh faced discrimination from staff “on many occasions”
Writing on Change.org, Drew says Niamh faced discrimination from staff members “on many occasions”. He lists a few examples which occurred at places such as cinemas, swimming pools, soft-play, restaurants, and theme-parks:
Hurtful comments/pointing/staring by staff members
Lack of respect and privacy – asking inappropriate questions in front of other people
Not taking the time to understand individual needs – relying on their assumptions which unfairly limited activities the child could have access to
Viewing behaviour as “naughty” or “rude”
Staff members not knowing about the Equality Act and their responsibility to make reasonable adjustments
Lack of understanding around hidden disabilities – e.g. questioning why someone who “didn’t look disabled” would use accessible toilets
Fear of how to engage and talk to those with additional needs.