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Sheffield Pub has perfect attitude to disability

Sheffield Pub has perfect attitude to disability

The Sheffield Star reports how a Sheffield pub, The Barrel in Chapeltown, had the perfect response when a parent asked if he could bring his disabled son inside.

The article explains how “the parent came in to the pub and asked if he and his son would be allowed to remain in the pub if they came in.”

“The parent explained to staff that his child ‘sometimes makes loud noises and waves his arms about,’ and that people have ‘made comments’ in the past.”

“In an emotional post on Facebook, the pub said it broke their heart that a parent would need to ask if they could bring their child inside.”

A staff member of the pub posted: “My intention is not to embarrass the parent who I spoke to yesterday, it has played on my mind all night about how this man must have felt asking me if his child would be accepted in here. It then got me thinking about how many other people must be in the same position.”

They went on to explain that “Whether you need us to get you extension leads to plug specialist equipment in, help moving tables/chairs for wheelchairs or any other help you may need, everyone is welcome in my pub and help will always be offered by all of my staff.”

“If you’re sat at home with a disabled child, partner or friend and feel on edge about taking them anywhere due to fear of someone making comments please feel free to bring them here. If I find anyone making negative comments or being disrespectful they will be asked to leave not you.”

What do you think about this pub’s response to this parent? Do you think more pubs, cafes and restaurants should do more to make disabled people feel welcome? Let us know in the comments below, or join the conversation on Twitter.

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