Taste of disabled life for students

Ilkeston sixth formers became wheelchair users for the day.
Ilkeston sixth formers became wheelchair users for the day.

SIXTH formers have had a taste of what it is like to be disabled in Ilkeston town centre.

Pupils studying for A-Level health and social care at Ilkeston Sixth Form Partnership, climbed into a wheelchair and attempted everyday tasks including buying a stamp, trying on clothes and ordering a snack.

Teacher Kay Kearton said: “Some students couldn’t reach a cash machine or shelves in a shop and heavy and narrow doors are a significant barrier to access.”

Kay said that overall the group found that most people in Ilkeston were helpful towards the disabled

But she said some were ‘clearly uncomfortable and would rather avoid the situation’.