24 May 2018
Scope has commented on reports that an 11-year-old disabled boy is suing a theme park for failing to provide a suitable "changing places" toilet.
Adam George, 11, claims Flambards Theme Park, in Cornwall, discriminated and failed to make reasonable adjustments for him under the Equality Act.
Minesh Patel, Policy and Campaigns Manager at disability charity Scope, said:
"This landmark legal case could have huge implications for disabled people and their families.
"Many disabled children and their families are unable to visit attractions simply because they don’t have a Changing Places toilet. Others face the indignity of lying on dirty floors to get changed so they can go to the loo.
"Businesses should be doing all they can to attract disabled customers. The spending power of disabled people and their families – the purple pound – is estimated to be £250billion a year.
"A Changing Places toilet at our new office near London's Olympic Park is open to anyone who needs it. We want all businesses to consider installing one.”
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