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LDDA criticises the concept of Purple Tuesday.

November 8, 2018 9:09 PM
By Poppy Hasted

'The Tory Concept of 'Purple Tuesday' (to be next Tuesday 13th November 2018), "the UK's first accessible shopping day" is all very well and good but it does not recognise that, for a disabled person, being able to actually ENTER a shop is the end of the story, not the start.

Until Disabled People are able to gain accessible and equal employment so we are able to earn as much as non-disabled people to spend on Purple Tuesday, we are not equal.

Until Public Transport is fully accessible for all Disabled People so we can get to the shops on Purple Tuesday, we are not equal.

Until our Town Centres are fully accessible to all so all Disabled People can move around easily without having to make detours to find accessible crossing points on Purple Tuesday, we are not equal.

Until all Disabled People can access shops and businesses on our own so we can be fully independent on Purple Tuesday, we are not equal.

Until all Disabled People can access banks and cash point machines on our own so we can get our money to spend on Purple Tuesday, we are not equal.

True equality for all Disabled People will not come until society recognises that just one day is not enough. True equality for All Disabled People will only happen when EVERY day is a purple day and disabled people are recognised as equal in all things and at all times.

We need to see complete purple days, weeks and months. We need to see full equality for disabled people in all things an in all ways. Until then, we are not equal.'