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21 November 2008


Excluded from your Meeting? - preview

Efforts are being made to discover how many people are restricted in attendance and from taking an active role in their Meetings for Worship. Wheelchair access is not the only problem

The Quaker Disability Equality Group (QDEG) is asking all Meetings and Quakers to help it establish the extent of disability provision within Britain Yearly Meeting

  • The call came after the newly formed group became aware of wide variations of provision among Friends, with some bad practice being potentially illegal under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)

  • ‘We do know that many Meetings have recently made big efforts to improve the accessibility of their Meeting houses and for this we are very grateful’, said Eric Rigby and Eleanor Tew, co-clerks of QDEG
  • However, they continued, some Quakers may be avoidably excluded from their Meetings: ‘The sort of things we have in mind are a lack of ramps or handrails, inaccessible toilets, small print and bad lighting, lack of a hearing loop, coldness of the Meeting house and so on’, they explained

  • Eric Rigby

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