Disabled Hackney: reality v rethoric

A fun day: if you can get in.

Disabled? Round the back, then!

Hackney Council promises “a free day for disabled people” at Kings Hall Leisure Centre in Clapton on Sunday 10 April 2011 from 10am to 4pm.

The promo leaflet, above, fails to mention that the sports centre, at 39 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0NU (020 8985 2158), is not easily accessible even for old, let alone disabled, people, especially those in wheelchairs.

The only level entrance is through a small door in the car park at the rear of the building. This is difficult to find.

The attitude of “our special facilities are in a remote corner of our building to cause maximum embarrassment to a disabled person” indicates the kind of thinking that some of us assumed ended in the 1980s, thanks to campaigns led by Lord Snowdon, a society photographer.

Hackney council cannot plead ignorance of the inadequacies of Kings Hall for disabled would-be users.

A 2010 report by Disability Backup, a Hackney council-funded body, referred to the lack of access and criticised the showers as being unnecessarily difficult for disabled people to use.

David Altheer 0110411

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2 thoughts on “Disabled Hackney: reality v rethoric

  1. Thanks: I’m just the reporter. You might have missed my Hackney Downs piece at http://tinyurl.com/3cj4t77 I am embarrassed to say that I have failed to get from Hackney council any usable info on the sensory garden. Is there anyone in the council, or elsewhere, who can tell me anything off the record, anonymity guaranteed, about the sensory garden?

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