A mum from Gloucestershire has been on a rollercoaster ride after her disabled son was humiliated at a UK theme park.
Joanna Brett was horrified and appalled when her five-year-old son Sebby was told he couldn’t go on the Ninjago ride at Legoland in Windsor unless he could prove he could walk in front of thousands park visitors.
Earlier this year the mum announced a campaign for theme parks to be more inclusive.
Since the petition was launched over 4,500 people have added their signature to support the cause which will be raised in Parliament.
Mrs Brett told the PA news agency: “The danger is, people think, ‘Oh Sebby got treated badly, let’s try and stop that’, but I was shocked with how many people had gone through the same situation, with Legoland, on that ride, with other theme parks and other attractions.
“It’s a bigger issue than I ever thought that it was.”
Brett appreciates some older attractions won’t be able to be adapted for disabled riders but believes new ones being build should take this into consideration.
“We are just asking for reasonable adjustments for fairness,” she explained.
“They can do this without disadvantaging and stopping the fun for able bodies. I think that is important because it isn’t about stopping people having fun, it’s about allowing disabled people to have fun.”
“It’s not just children. If a mum is in a wheelchair, she can’t experience the joy of her children on that ride.”
Legoland Windsor Resort was opened on 17 March 1996.
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