Boy with Down syndrome denied access to trampolinerne in the playground

six-year-old George Dodsworth had looked forward to jumping in trampolinerne together with his two siblings in the legelandet Flip Out in the uk Kent. But to

Boy with Down syndrome denied access to trampolinerne in the playground

six-year-old George Dodsworth had looked forward to jumping in trampolinerne together with his two siblings in the legelandet Flip Out in the uk Kent. But to

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
18 mart 2020 Wednesday 07:00
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Boy with Down syndrome denied access to trampolinerne in the playground

six-year-old George Dodsworth had looked forward to jumping in trampolinerne together with his two siblings in the legelandet Flip Out in the uk Kent.

But to the whole family's surprise and disappointment, they got to know that he could not get access to trampolinerne, because he has down syndrome.

It writes among other things the local media Kent Online.

George Dodsworths mother, Gemma, got to know that it was not enough, she wrote on a piece of paper, and to her son, according to the site rules do not had to jump in trampolinerne.

She says, they were stopped by an employee, as they went through to take their shoes of. 'I'm really sorry, I don't know if you've read the signs on the walls, but George shall not go into because he has Down syndrome,' said the employee, according to Gemma Dodsworth.

It really hit me. I'm a very positive person, I have never experienced anything other than positive things with George, so this was the first time I have experienced anything negative, she says.

- It was just such a shock to hear someone say that there is something he cannot do because he has Down syndrome. I've always been the type that calls on him to do everything normally and typically as my other children. I have raised them the same. It was hard. It was very emotional, continues Gemma Dodsworth.

She says, the employee was very apologetic and almost embarrassed about having to give the family the message that the six-year-old boy had to jump in trampolinerne. 'My hands are tied, I'm really sorry', she said according to the british mother, who immediately got refunded the family's tickets. Therefore, it is not the way, they got the message, but the rules of legelandet Flip Out, which says that children with down syndrome not allowed to use the trampolinerne, unless they have been thoroughly examined by a doctor and can provide a medical certificate, which she now raging over.

- I wouldn't let him jump, if I thought that he was in any kind of danger. He spends the whole summer on the trampoline in the garden. I can't get him down from it, tells Gemma Dodsworth, who, after the experience in the legelandet now are starting to doubt more of the other physical activities, such as George love - as dance, gymnastics and play in the bouncy castles.

Flip Out after the case was reported in the media, according to Kent Online issued a press release in which they referred to the british gymnastikorganisations guidelines for clients with Down syndrome.

'It is likely that some clients with down syndrome also have Atlanto-Axal Instability (ustablitet in the vertebrae in the neck, red.) and in order to ensure their safety, are clients with down syndrome and nakkeproblemer asked to get a statement from a doctor stating that they have been screened', sounds from the Flip Out, which, in turn, writes:

'We welcome people of all ages and with all disabilities are welcome, and we discriminate against are certainly not. We put everyone's health and safety first of all, in order to ensure that the site is safe for all participants'.

Updated: 18.03.2020 07:00
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