Life is difficult for able bodied people aswell. Don't they say no one dies a virgin - life ****s us all?
But being physically or mentally disabled has to be especially difficult. I couldn't walk on my own feet once due to eczema and blisters and that was bad enough. You don't realise how much you move around until something gets you bed ridden. Imagine if someone had to assist you into town and everywhere...the toilet...
Now Altons saying they're going to provide their own carers. Are these qualified carers?
I feel like if it was me I would rather have someone I know looking after me.
Like I said we all have our cross to bear but I'm much more interested in extending the kind of consideration we give to disabled people to all people than extend the "tough-tits" attitude we seem to give each other (cause we were deprived) to disabled people.
Very much agree! While, there has to be equallity towards people are disabled and non-disabled, there is very little compasion towards the disabled community while at theme park like Alton Towers. The general pubic in particular. It may not seam fair that a disabled person gets a enterance fee consession and special access (In other words, miss the quese), but do you think it's fair that a person has a disability with all the difficulties and limatations that come with it? Having an inpairing condition is a world apart from having to wait 2 to 3 minutes more for a ride, or paying more money.
As a person with mental heath problems, I know how hard and challaging a theme park can be. The noice and extreamly large crowds can be quite difficult to deal with. But as a coaster/theme park enthusisat, I have to battle my condition in order to have a good day at the park. In gerenal, Alton Towers has been very good in providing that service to my myself, but members of the general public spoil my day. Most of it was just back chater about how I'm appreantly "abusing the system". My worst case was being at Thorpe Park and having chavs yell abuse at me while using the disabled exit for Rush.
My main point from all of that is that you don't have to just have a physical impairment to make a day out to a theme park difficult.
I haven't been to Alton Towers this year. so I can't comment on the prices for Disabled people now, but in the past I thought it was fair and the servise's they gave were exellent. As far as offering carers are consered, I strongly dought the park would do that. The amout of training that is required and the cost to the park plus liability if things went wrong. At the end of the day, it's for health and safety that you must have a carer with you on a lot of the rides. (Pretty much all, I think) so that you are safe if the ride broke down, or for any other issues.
Anyway, I respect all your views, but do try and see it form the point of view of a disabled person.
They should be concessions within reason.