Did You Hear the One About


Sounds like the beginning of a joke doesn't it.  It's a line I use in my Disability Awareness Training to highlight the discrimination that occurs on a regular basis by staff that simply don't have the training to know better. This time, I'm referring to the case of the young woman out celebrating her 21st birthday when she was turned away by security staff at the Marlborough Hotel in Newtown, Sydney. Why was she turned away?  Because she as cerebral palsy but security staff thought she was drunk. Now, I can understand that they may have thought her to be drunk as CP can affect speech and movement. But it's reported that rather than having a conversation with her, [...]