My name is Tony Mangan and I live in Dublin. I have a spinal injury and now have to use a wheelchair. I am very independent. I work, travel and am very active (rowing, hand-cycling and even skiing!!). Of all the challenges I face in my new life, socialising is the most difficult. I am talking about going to pubs and restaurants. The first problem is access. The vast majority have steps or stairs. How am I supposed to access the building? Only new buildings, by law, must be accessible.
The other problem is inaccessible toilets. Very few pubs and restaurants have disabled toilets. Even when they do, in many cases you cannot close the door once inside the toilet! Would you socialise some place where you knew you could not use the toilets? This is the reality of being a wheelchair user. I can count on the fingers of two hands the number of pubs and restaurants I can comfortably use in Dublin. What happened to me can happen to anyone. How would you feel if your brother, sister, son or daughter found themselves in a wheelchair?
Is it fair that along with everything we must cope with it is so difficult for us to have some fun?
What can you do to right this wrong?
Does That Seem Fair To You?