Mom Must Be Allowed In Pool With Boy, Commission Rules
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 13, 2005
BARNSLEY, ENGLAND--Eight-year-old Samuel Doran has started swimming lessons in "mainstream" classes at the Hoyland Leisure Centre pool near his home.
That is all his mother, Elaine, wanted in January when she filed a complaint with the Disability Rights Commission over a rule by the company that manages the pool which banned her from getting into the water with her son, who has Down syndrome.
She had insisted that she be in the pool during his first few lessons until he is comfortable with the new setting. Barnsley Premier Leisure had argued that the pool must follow national guidelines set by the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management and the Amateur Swimming Association that only allows students in regular classes.
The Disability Rights Commission on Tuesday ordered the company to pay the family £1,500 ($2,760 US) compensation for injuries.
Additionally, all instructors at the leisure center will be trained to teach people with disabilities.
"I hope our situation and the positive way in which it has been resolved will help other leisure centers and service providers to realize what can be achieved with a little effort to improve access to facilities for those in need of extra assistance," Mrs. Doran told the Press Association.
"Mother Wins Swimming Battle for Disabled Son" (Press Association via The Scotsman.com)
"Mum Accuses Pool Of Discriminating Against 8-Year-Old Son" -- January 12, 2005 (Inclusion Daily Express Archives)