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Why Is The High Street Off Limits To Disabled Shoppers?

Why Is The High Street Off Limits To Disabled Shoppers?


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During the Festive Season a trip to the high street to drink in the Christmas atmosphere - and of course do some gift shopping - is one of the things that makes Christmas special. But we’ve found that many disabled people are being denied this simple pleasure.

A survey  carried out by Vitalise found that 8 out of 10 disabled people and carers had experienced problems with the accessibility of major high street stores and over half had been subjected to negative or unwelcoming treatment from shop staff. Our favourite high street stores are effectively off limits to disabled people due to poor accessibility, negative attitudes and a lack of information.

Could it be that department stores and high street chains are happy with the way things are? Maybe they would prefer it if disabled people did all their shopping with them online, so they don’t have to spend any money on accessibility. Why else would they have so little information about the accessibility of their stores online?

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Vitalise is a charity which provides much-needed respite breaks for people with disabilities and carers, who have every right to be treated with the same dignity and respect as everyone else - and that includes the choice of where and how they shop. It is just wrong that they are being driven off the high street.

This week, as the world celebrates International Day of Disabled Persons, shops everywhere should be doing much more to make themselves more welcoming to disabled shoppers. So Vitalise have launched a campaign called #AccessNow and would like to appeal to people to join in the mission to make the UK more accessible for everyone. To help make the UK's high street stores more accessible, Vitalise is urging people to support #AccessNow, the charity's campaign to enlist the support of people with disabilities in its push for urgent improvements to accessibility. - See more at: http://www.vitalise.org.uk/about_us/press_office/vitalise-accessible-shopping-survey-launched#sthash.n7uhGAbf.dpuf

To support #AccessNow or to find out more about Vitalise, visit www.vitalise.org.uk.

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