Mencap highlights obstacles at arts venues for children

Mencap has distributed 1,000 copies of a report highlighting the obstacles facing families with a severely disabled child on visits to arts and tourist venues.

Arts for All? is part of the disability-focused charity's three-year arts strategy, launched in October. It reveals the personal frustrations of six families on days out to London's leading tourist attractions.

Leslie Campbell, children's officer at Mencap, said: "We are trying to persuade the arts councils to fund only those places with disabled-friendly facilities."

The report recommends that staff are trained in disability awareness, telephone bookings are made more accessible, disabled car parking spaces are linked to ticket bookings and that venues have integrated seating for wheelchairs and families.

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