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DOK

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Re: Accessing the DHL (East) Stand
« Reply #15 on: Thursday 01-Aug-2019, 12:20* »
My wife was disabled in a wheelchair, so although she never came to the games I am always aware of what the wheelchair users (and their helpers) have to put up with. Anything you want to put to the club I'd support.

And yes, I remember the Madstad had a very nice wheelchair area. So they solved the problems of access and health and safety (exit during emergency). 
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Re: Accessing the DHL (East) Stand
« Reply #16 on: Thursday 01-Aug-2019, 13:28* »
New stadiums are - perhaps obviously - much better at this - with wheelchair platforms at all levels, like the Olympic stadium (or whatever itís now called)

Always makes me wonder when the RFU rightly promote some of their inclusivity efforts but itís the fans in wheelchairs who get soaked and canít see anything at HQ.

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Re: Accessing the DHL (East) Stand
« Reply #17 on: Thursday 01-Aug-2019, 17:11* »
Thanks for the responses. Iím really pleased to see people taking the time to help.
I think this really is a case of best phone the club
I think it's worth contacting the club on this. I sit in the back row of the east stand and I have seen a couple of less mobile spectators come in that way, but they may have long standing club relationships.
Thanks guys. I tried that. Theyíre not interested. One thing I am learning is that in the eyes of many sporting stadia, Iím not disabled Ďenoughí. That is to say that I am Ďambulant disabledí in that I donít need a wheelchair, but canít do stairs without a handrail. Most stadia base their accessibility criteria on whether I have a blue badge or get disability living allowances. I donít want disabled seating or a free ticket for a carer. I just want to access better seating than Row AA.
Be prepared to get rained on in the first 7 rows.
Oh maybe Iíll give them a miss after all then...
A bit presumptuous of me being new here, but I do hope theyíll consider the ambulant disabled in the new stadium.

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Re: Accessing the DHL (East) Stand
« Reply #18 on: Thursday 01-Aug-2019, 17:58* »
it can't hurt to spend 10 mins (alright maybe a bit more) putting together a letter for the club. I'm sure they're not deliberately ignoring the ambulant disabled, but maybe they just never really considered the problems they face.

The club accessibility statement is here

The last page has two contacts, I'd email both of them, customer services as listed on that page and david.ellis@quins.co.uk.

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Re: Accessing the DHL (East) Stand
« Reply #19 on: Thursday 01-Aug-2019, 18:11* »
East Stand, there is a lift from ground to box level..but, there's no natural access to grandstand seating...you'd have to rely on goodwill from a bondholder, too big an unknown!!

Good luck 👍

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Re: Accessing the DHL (East) Stand
« Reply #20 on: Friday 02-Aug-2019, 10:15* »
https://gbwr.org.uk/

Wheelchair Rugby is a proper thing. The Club should be cognisant of the needs of every part of the Rugby community. Apart from anything else, wheelchair users have family and friends who may become ticket holders too.

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Re: Accessing the DHL (East) Stand
« Reply #21 on: Friday 02-Aug-2019, 11:04* »
https://gbwr.org.uk/

Wheelchair Rugby is a proper thing. The Club should be cognisant of the needs of every part of the Rugby community. Apart from anything else, wheelchair users have family and friends who may become ticket holders too.

Which is true of my case - 3 additional season ticket holders next season via me.

However, all the above being said, I've always felt that rugby generally is very conscious when it comes to inclusion for people with disabilities and I don't mean for the gripes I've laid out in this thread to be exaggerated or taken as symptomatic of rugby specifically. These are issues you come across in every walk of life - it takes increased awareness for progress to be made and I'd imagine that the stadiums that are standing a century or two from now (assuming humanity is still standing, of course) will cater much more wholesomely to everyone. Even in my lifetime (I'm 28) there has been huge progress on wheelchair access in public and private spaces. Which is why, when I send off my email to Quins, I'm hopeful that the response will be positive.
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Re: Accessing the DHL (East) Stand
« Reply #22 on: Friday 02-Aug-2019, 11:11* »
Which is true of my case - 3 additional season ticket holders next season via me.

However, all the above being said, I've always felt that rugby generally is very conscious when it comes to inclusion for people with disabilities and I don't mean for the gripes I've laid out in this thread to be exaggerated or taken as symptomatic of rugby specifically. These are issues you come across in every walk of life - it takes increased awareness for progress to be made and I'd imagine that the stadiums that are standing a century or two from now (assuming humanity is still standing, of course) will cater much more wholesomely to everyone. Even in my lifetime (I'm 28) there has been huge progress on wheelchair access in public and private spaces. Which is why, when I send off my email to Quins, I'm hopeful that the response will be positive.

TomBuckQuin: Train issues aside I thought the old Mets stadium we visited together had a pretty good viewing point for people in wheelchairs. It was high up and undercover, whilst being next to the walk way. Admittedly they loaded the seats from the back and not the front like Quins.
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Re: Accessing the DHL (East) Stand
« Reply #23 on: Friday 02-Aug-2019, 16:43* »
Deja vu...

 

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