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No Facebook, disabled people are not disturbing

5 29 765

Life is full of first times.

We all remember our first day at school, our first kiss and our first heartbreak. But when you have a disability you also remember the first time someone made you feel less than, simply because of your impairment.

Earlier this week, Simon Sansome, disability campaigner and creator of Ability Access – an online disability Facebook group – was blocked from inviting people to like his page.

Confused by this sudden sanction put in place by Facebook, Simon scheduled a call with Facebook to resolve the issue. Little did he know but this particular phone call would be something he would remember for the rest of his life, for all the wrong reasons.

The operator without hesitation told Simon that he would have to understand that some people see disability as disturbing.

According to Simon, the operator also said: ‘I have never come across a page that promotes disability.’

To this, Facebook did respond and said that an image that depicted a naked picture of Vicky Balch, who was injured in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash in 2015, was the actual reason the page faced these measures.

Although Facebook has provided a reason for Simon not being able to add group members, it does not detract from what was said by the........

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