A 10-year-old boy with spinal muscular atrophy was asked to leave a park after a security guard said that his wheelchair could hurt other children.
Jordan Block just went to a doctor’s appointment when he visited Crown Fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago.
But during his stay at the park, a guard approached him and his mother and asked them to leave the area.
Speaking to CBS 2, Jordan’s mother Megan Block said: “He’s had his chair since he was 2 years old and (the guard) said: ‘Well, if another kid runs into Jordan, that could create problems for us.’”
Block said that she and her son usually go to the fountain and have never had problems before.
Recalling the incident, Jordan said he was shocked by the security guard’s remarks, saying: “Yeah, I said, like, I’ve been here before and have been able to do it.”
He explained that because of his condition, visiting the park is one of the few activities he can really enjoy, especially during summer days.
“There’s not much else I can do, and that is something I can do – so it’s fun for me,” Jordan said.
His mother told Graves that the incident at the park created a different issue. “I was like: ‘This is unacceptable!’ You know, you’re able to do this, and it’s perfect for you, and we’re being told: ‘No!’”
Block also took to Facebook and wrote: “How about not EXCLUDING DISABLED CHILDREN FROM THINGS, watching your own kids and making sure they don’t run into my child who knows how to drive his chair.
“Thank you Chicago for making my son cry today.”
According to the park’s website, the fountain is wheelchair accessible. It is designed without deep water areas or edges so that people in wheelchairs can ‘easily enter the fountain area and participate with full inclusion.’
Millennium Park released a statement saying they were ‘sorry to hear about Jordan’s experience and have been in touch with the family to apologize.’
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