Upbeat: Blind corners
Saturday 10 July 1993
Simon Labbett of the RNIB, who is co-editor, reckons that while classical music venues come out better than average, there is still much that could be done. 'It's still the case that three major venues I can think of insist on blind people being escorted into the auditorium for reasons of fire safety,' he says. 'Some people believe this amounts to a form of discrimination.'
Labbett also remains surprised at how even provisions for the blind aren't always thought through. 'You may find a wheelchair ramp up into a venue . . . great . . . and then lots of steps to climb inside. Or a beautiful washroom for the disabled that's decorated in white with no colour contrasts, so that the partially-sighted can't pick out where the loo actually is.'
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