The staffs of a restaurant were left heartbroken after a father, Steven Adams, asked them for permission before bringing his disabled son in for some good time.
As the employees explained, the father admitted he was previously scolded by fellow customers after his disabled son waved his hands and made loud noises while in another restaurant.
Following the father’s plea, the staff not only welcomed the family in their pub but also shared their story on Facebook in an attempt to raise awareness of the need to be more inclusive when it comes to disabled people.
“Yesterday a parent came in and asked me if his wheelchair bound child was ok to be in the pub, I was confused why he felt he needed to ask,” Steph Tate, the owner of The Barrel Chapeltown, wrote on Facebook.
“This man went on to explain that his child sometimes makes loud noises and waves his arms about, people have made comments in the past when he has taken him out.
“It broke my heart that a parent felt they needed to ask if it was ok for his child to be here just like anyone else.
“My intention is not to embarrass the parent who I spoke to yesterday, it has played on my mind all night about how this man must have felt asking me if his child would be accepted in here. It then got me thinking about how many other people must be in the same position.
“Whether you need us to get you extension leads to plug specialist equipment in, help moving tables/chairs for wheelchairs or any other help you may need, everyone is welcome in my pub and help will always be offered by all of my staff.
“If you’re sat at home with a disabled child, partner or friend and feel on edge about taking them anywhere due to fear of someone making comments please feel free to bring them here. If I find anyone making negative comments or being disrespectful they will be asked to leave not you.”
Following Steph’s announcement, thousands of people applauded the owner for standing up for disabled people and shared their own experiences in the matter.
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