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Disabilities and nightlife - what are your experiences?

Liam_AlumniLiam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,113 Pioneering
edited August 2017 in Disabled people
A production company named Sub have produced a video, called Inclusivity: 'an exploration of nightlife and disabilities', looking into socialising and accessibility. It also features interviews with disabled people about their experiences. You can watch the clip on their Facebook page, and you can turn on captions by clicking on the 'cog' icon and ticking 'captions'.

We want to hear your stories. What are your experiences of going out socialising? How accessible are the venues? How inclusive are they? Let us know below.


  • BenCSHBenCSH Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Interesting, not being allowed in a club because you're disabled is definitely a #AccessibilityFail ! What was the bouncer thinking?
  • CaderMacCaderMac Member Posts: 105 Pioneering
    I have just seen this article online, a club in High Wycombe is launching a club night for people with learning disabilities. 

    I think this is really important because nightclubs and bars need to consider so much more than just step free access to ensure they are accessible to everyone - a small but positive step forward! 
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  • DasiydoDasiydo Member Posts: 94 Courageous
    Can't go out night taxi cost earth and buses finished 830pm

  • the_velvet_girlthe_velvet_girl Member Posts: 106 Courageous
    I've been refused entry to clubs when I was a student as due to my ataxic gate & slurred speech when I'm tired the bouncers thought I was too drunk. I'd never had anymore to drink than my friends without disabilities who all got in no problem. I had to resort to carrying a GP letter confirming my disability on nights out to ensure I would get in to the club! Very humiliating!
  • TopkittenTopkitten Member Posts: 1,263 Pioneering
    I have only recently started going out much. Limited walking ability rules out most of the places in my town as parking is always too far away and all the selfish healthy people park in the close by illegal and disability spaces because no one checks them after 17:30. I cannot drink alcohol because I have to drive so I always get treated like a 'designated driver'/ 'fifth wheel' when I do try but the drinking places and clubs are all disability unfriendly with steps, stairs and narrow entrances. Then, ofc, there is the additional issue of dealing with drunk people's annoyance of having to make extra room for you to get through gaps or to the bar and that's when using a walking stick or sticks. I wouldn't consider trying to use my wheelchair instead because I would need 2 people with me at all times to get me about such places (one to help me and one to manoeuvre the chair).

    I am a member of a couple of "MEETUP" groups but they are generally aimed at healthy people and other members don't appreciate that drinking places are a nightmare and that other activities held in an area which is mostly grass are just completely inaccessible to me. Yet they are all, by and large, nice and helpful people. It's just a lack of understanding.

    "I'm on the wrong side of heaven and the righteous side of hell" - from Wrong side of heaven by Five Finger Death Punch.
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