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Bouncers turned Sheffield Hallam student with cerebral palsy away from Yates because he ‘sounded too drunk’ – The Star

A Sheffield Hallam student said he was refused entry into a Yates bar after the bouncers mistook his cerebral palsy for ‘sounding too drunk’.

Reece Goodwin, a sports development student at Hallam, was out on in York with his friends on Saturday night when they went to Yates.

However, the 21-year-old was refused entry into the bar, claiming that the security team deemed him ‘too drunk’ due to his speech impediment and lack of balance.

He also claimed that, after disclosing his condition, a security guard replied ‘I don’t think you have’ before asking to see his medical records as proof.

Posting on Twitter, Reece said: “Yet another act of ignorance and discrimination at @YorkYates . Security refusing entry due to having cerebral palsy as I sounded too drunk due to my speech impediment and my lack of balance #isthisfair?”

Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition which affects movement and coordination and is caused by a problem with the brain that occurs before, during or soon after birth.

Read more at: https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/bouncers-turned-sheffield-hallam-student-with-cerebral-palsy-away-from-yates-because-he-sounded-too-drunk-1-8900361

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    This case is similar to a recent Trip Adviser review of disgraced MP Jared O’Mara’s Sheffield-based venue West Street Live, which allegedly ‘kicked a deaf guy out for being deaf’, whilst also being accused of taking the medication of a type 1 diabetic on a separate occasion.

    Reading this and similar examples of ignorance and discrimination, it is clear that the management and security of such premises (as well as in many other customer-facing roles) require some basic training in disability awareness.

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