Stuart Devlin: ‘My disability is mistaken for drunkeness’
Stuart Devlin (person we work for and dates-n-mates member) features in a short video from the BBC about disability discrimination at night venues. This video also contains some scenes from a recent Club LATE night.
Stuart has been turned away from venues with door staff saying he is too drunk to get in, even though he has not yet had an alcoholic drink.
Stuart simply wants to say “You may think I appear drunk, though this is because I have conditions called Cerebral Palsy & Dyspraxia” though feels he is not understood or simply does not get the chance to say it.
Stuart almost lost the confidence to go on nights out due to a number of experiences like this.
It is another reason why there is a demand for Club LATE and more ‘inclusive clubbing’ nights.
We need and ask for more disability awareness training for staff at night venues to avoid people with disabilities being stigmatised or rejected in this way.
“This is so important. My friend who is a doorman had this experience with someone who had cerebral palsy, and almost turned him away. It’s just too easy, under those circumstances, to assume the reason is drunkenness. Awareness campaigns like this one are a great idea.” Comment on video via BBC facebook page
Click here to view video via BBC news
Organisations such as the ‘Stay Up Late’ campaign fight for disabled people’s right to have a good night out like everyone else. You can find out more by visiting their website: stayuplate.org or facebook group: facebook.com/groups/StayUpLateUK
There is also a Stay Up Late Scotland campaign. Visit their facebook page:
Find out more about monthly Glasgow inclusive club night LATE: