Disabled people 'denied pleasure' of Christmas shopping

Disabled people are being 'driven' from the high street due to poor access and security concerns, according to a new survey. The study, by disability charity Vitalise, warns that wheelchair users have no option but to do their Christmas shopping online as the majority said they felt unsafe using fixed chip & PIN machines at shop counters. The study, released on 'Black Friday', also reveals that eight out of 10 disabled people said they had experienced problems with the accessibility of major high street stores and over half (55%) had experienced poor treatment from shop staff. The charity found that 74% of high street stores had no accessibility information on their websites, leading to 60% of disabled people deciding not to visit. Read the full story.
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