Dental Offices Off Limits To Wheelchairs
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 13, 2006
NORWICH, ENGLAND--Disability rights advocates in the Norwich area are protesting the fact that many people cannot go to the dentists near their homes because their offices are not accessible.
According to the Norwich Evening News, some dentists are turning away patients because their offices are upstairs, and they have no wheelchair lifts, elevators, or ramps.
"Disabled people already feel discriminated against," said George Saunders, treasurer of the Norwich Access Group. "Not being able to access services makes people like us disabled."
Under the United Kingdom's Disability Discrimination Act, business that violate the access rights of people with disabilities could face criminal prosecution.
"Disability campaigners anger at dentists" (Norwich Evening News)
Norwich Access Group