Teen Turns Campaigner After School Refuses Bowling Outing
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 30, 2006
LONDON, ENGLAND--Thirteen-year-old Stephen Linsey recently became a disability rights crusader after his school refused to let him go on an outing because he uses a wheelchair.
According to a brief news story by Wednesday's Archant Regional news, Linsey recently planned to go bowling with friends, but was told by officials at his specialized school that he could not go because they did not have time to do a risk assessment in advance of the activity.
"It made me feel upset," said Linsey, who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair.
Linsey's mother, Jacky, said the Disability Rights Commission told her the school had discriminated against her son.
"What makes it worse is that it is a special school -- they should know better."
The school's head teacher said the school has since changed how it coordinates trips and visits to make sure the problem does not occur again.
Linsey, in the meantime, has joined the DRC's disability awareness campaign.
The commission this month has been promoting disability issues through its "Are we taking THE DIS?" advertising campaign.
Disability Rights Commission