Mom Says Policy Against Stroller Violated Son's Rights
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 29, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND--A mother was in the nation's High Court Monday, claiming that a school's refusal to allow her to bring her son's stroller onto its premises amounted to discrimination.
Rebecca Lawrence asserted that the Monkfield Park Primary School in Cambourne, near Cambridge, the Cambridgeshire County Council, and the school's head teacher, Mrs. Lynne Anderson, have discriminated against her 4-year-old son, Matthew, who has cerebral palsy.
The charges came from an incident two years ago in which school officials told Lawrence she could not bring a double buggy, or stroller, that carried Matthew and his twin brother, David, into the school. The school cited safety and health reasons for the policy.
Lawrence said this meant her two older children would not be able to participate in the school's annual nativity program or Christmas party, because she could not carry the younger two into the school with her. She then felt she had to move the family to another school where all of her children would be allowed.
Lawrence is requesting damages for emotional distress and up to £15,000 ($26,000 US) towards her increased rent, claiming the school, council, and head teacher violated the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act and the 1998 Human Rights Act.
The case is expected to last through most of the week.
"School barred pushchair family from nativity play" (Telegraph)
"Buggy parents find ally in their push for access" (Cambridge Evening News)