Would you drive for half an hour or so to reach a destination where you join a queue to hand over a large sum of money so that your children can enjoy the facilities on offer for ninety minutes? Maybe just thirty if you are particularly unlucky?
What if everyone else gets to stay all day for the same charge?
Everyone else is welcomed warmly.
Everyone else is encouraged to stay.
Everyone else is quite happy!
Everything they might need in for the day is there, tantalisingly available. Food, drinks, entertainment, spare clothes available to purchase in case of emergency, sunscreen should it get hot, rain macs for the inevitable British showers, oh yes, holiday attractions try to stock everything you might need in order that they might keep people a little longer.
Just not for you.
YOU should find something else to do.
YOU should go somewhere else.
Or maybe just stay at home?
YOU should definitely stop being such a bother. YOU should stop being such a problem. YOU really should stop talking about things which make other people uncomfortable. YOU should stop moaning and YOU really should stop being so difficult.
After all, EVERYONE ELSE is having fun here.
It would cost us extra money in order to let YOU stay. So just go away and stop bothering us.
Would it really be okay to say that directly to a person?
Then stop saying it to this child.
All he needs in order to stay all day is an accessible toilet. No, not a small box with a wheelchair logo on the door. Have you ever even tried to get a wheelchair in that box or tried to turn it round to shut the door? No not something which meets some “minimum standard” set up by somebody who can already stay all day. An accessible toilet, with a hoist to lift him to the toilet and a bench to lie down on to sort clothes.
This one child represents hundreds of thousands of people.
Hundreds of thousands of families who cannot join in with life.
Hundreds of thousands of people who are being told to stay at home.
Please stop telling people that they don’t matter.
I really hope that businesses will realise that not only is it morally right and legally required to make their facilities accessible to all but it also makes good business sense.
I hope that businesses will care.
I hope that we can get through this summer without too much heartache.
I hope that next summer will be better.
I hope that eventually these facilities will become a legal requirement and I hope that you will sign this petition to help make it happen.