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Hi, my name is Patricia45!

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Patricia45
Patricia45 Community member Posts: 1 Listener
I am 45 and permanently disabled due to a surgery I had seven years ago. I love dancing and find myself shut out of a dance center as they don't want to have anything to do with me because they don't want disabled people there. I find this highly unfair. Has this happened to anyone else? 

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi and welcome I am sorry to hear of your experience that must be upsetting for you 

    I haven't come across this before maybe worth mentioning how this would be bad publicity to the centre 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,499 Disability Gamechanger
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    Welcome to the community @Patricia45! I'm also really sorry to hear that this has happened to you. 

    Have you ever heard of Para Dance UK? They have a 'find an instructor' page that might help you to find a more inclusive session to attend.

    National Campaigns Officer at Scope, she/her

  • Cher_Alumni
    Cher_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,734 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @Patricia45 and welcome to our online community!

    Sorry you are going through this, I haven't heard of anything like it before.  

    Has the dancing centre given you reasons for why you can't visit anymore?  All organisations have a responsibility under the Equality Act 2010 not to discriminate against disabled people and they should be able to make adjustments to allow you to still participate, wherever possible.  I hope you are okay.
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  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,185 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @Patricia45 - & welcome to the community. I'm very sorry to read about the very poor response you've had from the dance centre, which should hopefully welcome all. Exercise is important to everybody, & dancing seems a great way to incorporate this.
    Should you wish, you could contact the following organisation to see what they might advise, as you certainly shouldn't be excluded. Please see: https://www.equalityadvisoryservice.com/app/home
    Hope this may help. :)
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