Ouch talk show 101: The end of queue jumping?

Disneyland resort sign, Anaheim, California

This month, we hear why that great disability perk, queue-jumping at Disney, is on the way out, and we look at why disability hate crime is such an under-reported problem.

Also, The Last Leg's Alex Brooker tells us how he almost became a Paralympian.

Rob Crossan and Kate Monaghan present.

A high quality version of the podcast is available on Audioboo

Here are some links to people and subjects on this edition of Ouch:

Listen to Nikki Fox's recent BBC Radio 5 live documentary, Disabled and Desperate to Work.

Christiane Link is a wheelchair user from Germany, working as a journalist in the UK. A trustee of Transport for All, London's campaigning organisation for disabled access to public transport, she gave her thoughts on the capital's new high speed railway line, Crossrail.

To say Kate's not happy with plans to change queuing arrangements for disabled people at Disney's US attractions, would be an understatement. Read about why the company chose to change a policy which disabled theme park lovers have been applauding for years.

Katharine Quarmby and Mike Smith spoke about disability hate crimes - offenses committed against disabled people due to their impairments. Katharine wrote about the subject in her 2011 book Scapegoat: Why We Are Failing Disabled People.

Mike Smith is Director of Real Answers, a disability-led charity in the London borough of Tower Hamlets. You can read two reports on disability hate crime, both co-authored by Mike, at the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.

In this video by learning disability charity Mencap, Neil remembers being called names because of the way he looks and speaks and how it all came to a head when he got beaten up at home.

Music is by learning disabled punk band Zombie Crash.

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    Comment number 61.

    'Disabled' spans a wide spectrum - it doesn't just mean the physically disabled. Anyone who has had to queue with an autistic child, or one with cognitive disabilities, will know how difficult and embarrassing this can be.
    If these families are forced to join long queues then they simply won't be able to go, excluding their disabled children and their siblings from a fun* day out. (*irony)

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    Comment number 60.

    12. HerpaDerp - Equality is NOT about treating everyone in the same way - it's about making sure that everyone has the same opportunities. Some of the children and people who are 'queue-jumping' simply would not be able to experience these attractions if they had to wait in a queue, so the parks have systems in place to ensure everyone has the same opportunity to go on every ride, disabled or not

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    Comment number 59.

    My husband has 2 walking sticks to help him walk. I have a condition that makes it difficult to stand for long periods. Not fat, in fact the opposite to thin. Neither of us would consider using the disabled queue, willing to wait like most people. If queue is long move to a ride with shorter queue don't assume it is your entitlement to queue jump!

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    Comment number 58.

    What is it exactly that people are angry about with priority queuing for the disabled? Is it about queueing in general or just at Disneyland? My mum in law has MS & being at the front of a queue is more about how long it takes her to transfer from the wheelchair to the other. The transfer process can sometimes be very 'undignified'. She would swap her legs in an instant to be able-bodied again.

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    Comment number 57.

    52. Think Tank

    Well you can't see sexual discrimination either - but you've just demonstrated it perfectly.
    Sorry, but can you explain how that is sexual discrimination? Who is the victim? I am not being facetious, I genuinely don't see it.


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