I heard on the radio this morning that yet another report has been released by a charity to say that at least 1 in 4 adults are uncomfortable or avoid talking to disabled people, and for young people that can be as high as 1 in 2!
You shouldn’t feel awkward talking to someone with a disability – I (Sharon) have made a short video to explain why this is not ok and why we are running and raising funds for Feel the Force Day.
One of the reasons FEEL THE FORCE DAY exists is to make it possible for guests with disabilities to enjoy a sci-fi convention / comic con in the same manner as (and I hate to use this word) normal guest. Not all disabilities are visible and some are very visible – so the amazing team at FEEL THE FORCE DAY put on an event that EVERYONE can feel comfortable at. FTFD events are accessible for wheelchairs and scooters of all shapes and sizes, aisles are wide to allow guests with walking aids to pass, tables are at a height that chairs and shorter guests can access. There are sensory rooms and touch tables for guests with visual or hearing problems, quiet rooms for guests who are anxious, autistic and have other issues with noise and crowds. Guests are encouraged to touch props and costumes – it is a festival of sound and vision, touch and taste – something for all the senses – even if that means very quiet and one on one experience.