What does the future hold ? I am so unsure now thanks to Legoalnd Discovery Centre.

I was so upset when I came across and article on facebook this week.

Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester are refusing entry to disabled adults. This might seem like an odd statement but these aren’t just disabled adults these are adults who have mental ages of young children. But the rules are clear.

Spokesperson for Legoland stated

Our policy not to permit entry to groups of adults, adult couples, or lone adults, regardless of circumstances, who are not accompanied by a child or children under the age of 16 is we believe therefore appropriate and the best way to constantly maintain a welcoming environment for our young visitors.

I have seen this policy at many attractions. to be honest until now I haven’t even taken much notice, but then again I don’t think I would, as I never expected an attraction take it so literal, Legoland are stopping adults with mental ages of 7 and 8 to enter and use the attraction. I understand policies have to be in place but can we not use common sense ?

Legoland clearly can’t and this was their response when questioned about the young man refused entry.

We make no apologies for this policy and believe it to be reasonable and appropriate, and one on which we make no exceptions.

As a blogging friend put it “I’m Gobsmacked, that there is a horrifying lack of humanity.” She then goes on to say in conversation “I only hope there’s been a miscommunication or accidental error of judgement that they’ll rapidly rectify.”

But at present Legoland are defending their actions by stating that they hold adult only evenings. But maybe this is where Legoland are educated incorrectly, because unfortunately although adults in the sense of the word when it comes to age, these men are still children.

I don’t normally try to get on my soapbox about Grayson, I never try to constantly shout and scream about all the inequalities he and us as a family face (and trust me there are many) but Legoland have angered me and even more they have honestly UPSET me a great deal.

It is the response from Legoland more than the initial refusal, I understand staff are made to enforce policies and I honestly thought that is what happened, then to read Legolands response was so disappointing, as a mother who knows one day THIS will be my reality I feel I have no choice but to share Legolands decision with you all.

Grayson at legoland

Grayson currently at 6 years old has a mental age of 1 year, we have been recently told it is looking unlikely Grayson will ever mentally get much older than he is now, Grayson enjoys simple pleasures, Mickey Mouse on TV, a nice simple music toy, a very basic day out, this will probably be the case when he is 6ft tall and 18 years old, he won’t work like his brother or sister, enjoy University, go on thrill seeking rides – so if places like Legoland start pushing policy so hard, without taking a second look what will others do ? What does life hold for Grayson and I, where shall we go, shall we be excluded from enjoying in “normal” places and activities, shall restaurants stop refusing entry ? Will local farm centres be the same ?

Life has such uncertainty for us as a family, I have no idea as he gets older if the abuse in the street shall get worse, how many more people will judge my superhero, but I really did not want to deal with places like Legoland Discovery Centre being so discriminative.

Legoland Windsor was a dreadful day out for us in the past, their policies there made it difficult for Grayson to enjoy the park at all, when I contacted them a few years ago about this they apologised and urged us to attend again stating they had made many changes. Addison has non stop talked of Legoland these past months after seeing an advert, once the weather was better it was going to be our 1st trip, but I honestly don’t know how I can support a company who deal with the disabled in such a way, so once again Addison has to go without due to having a brother with disabilities, this is not far!

What do you feel about the article ? I am open to all responses.

 

Elaine Lewis a mother of one of the men refused entry has started a petition against Legoland Discover Centre to allow entry if you wish to show your support.

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  • Although I understand their general policy, I cannot understand, however hard I try, their rigid adherence in such an archaic and dicriminatory way. Lego is all about development of the child, surely well-balanced children should be encouraged to accept and support the disadvantaged and disabled.

    • Exaclty this Monika, I know I am naive in thinking people should be accepting of everyone but they are trying to broaden the gap not trying to help make the world more equal x

  • To be honest, and don’t shoot me for saying it, we have been to Legoland Discovery Centre and it is basically a giant soft play area with added Lego – we were seriously disappointed! I can see why they won’t admit adults on their own – its a really small venue and geared for young children.
    I would hazard a guess that they are doing this for safeguarding reasons. On a personal note I wouldn’t want to see a lone adult at a soft play venue – would you?
    My brother-in-law manages a laser quest venue and they were blasted in the press and reported for allowing an adult in with learning difficulties with two carers who then exposed himself to playing children as his carers were chatting – it’s a difficult one to judge isn’t it?

    • Let me put it to you though ? Parents go in with their kids, this is ok ? These adults (like Grayson one day) shall not be left on their own, they have carers who know how to look after them, so surely it is as much of a risk as say Ashley playing with Addison in there.

      Situautions like that are always going to occour with people of childrens ages, children constanty expose themself, Addison would not give it a second thought to be naked on a beach, but if Grayson did at 18 with a mental age of 1 that is disgusting, maybe we as a world need to be more realisitc of their capabailites. Mishaps happen for normal and disabled people all the time.

      • I do see your point and now allowing them inside with carers is wrong, however in regards to your point about Addy not battering an eye about being naked on a beach is fine when they are children – mine wouldn’t give a jot either however an adult with a mental age of a child will still look like an adult and I, as a parent, would be deeply concerned if an adult male or female flashed at my child, whether they have learning difficulties or not. In my BIL case his carers were not monitoring him and it’s unfair that the company got into trouble for the incident and not the carers!
        I think that by offering adult only sessions they have made an effort to be supportive of all lego fans and I’m sure that there will be those that complain that there kids aren’t allowed in because it’s adults only.

        • Can I ask Kara would you call it flashing if one of your kids showed their parts, Learning Difficulties can mean like Grayson having absolutely no understanding of even being a human being, he doesn’t even know what a willy is ?

          I am sorry what happened to your BIL, but to be honest yes the carers should have paid more attention, but nobody should have got in trouble, the man is not doing it in a sexual way, he is not a sexual predator he is a child in an adults body.

          I think this is the problem, they are not adults and maybe that is where Lego are not even taking into account what they have done, an adult is a mental state term not an age. I don’t think for Lego it is anything to do with sexual worries either, but maybe it is and again it would just reinforce my need for education about the disabled, I really hope we can stop making the gap larger for ALL my children.

  • I wasn’t aware of that policy and before we had kids Hubby and I would often go to ‘family’ attractions as a couple, without kids. But that is one thing, another is stopping someone with the mental capacity of a child from enjoying a family attraction. Disgusting x

    • Donna – once Ashley and I got refused many many years ago, I also was the same, when we were dating we would go places, I think the world is becoming quite a sad place xx
      I really fear what Grayson will be able to enjoy as a child over 16 xx

  • I am astounded by their response to you Kara, absolutely gobsmacked. I would have expected more from them 🙁

  • boo

    Well i think this is a very hard one to comment on…i have 3 boys and would feel uncomfortable if there was an adult without any children. even our local playground they ask adults without children to leave and in central london at the diana memorial park adults cant enter without children.
    I think as it was said in above comments the area is reportedly small and a soft play area.
    Maybe Lego need to offer a session for adults with disabilities a block of time so they can enjoy the creativity of lego and not feel unwelcome.

    • Thanks for your comment
      I feel so sad reading this, I had not even thought about the park, Grayson’s favourite thing in the world is to go to the park, now when he hits 16 I will not be able to do that, I think maybe having a child who is SN makes you view the world less harsh, if I saw a disabled adult with carer at the park having a swing it would not bother me at all.
      Disabled adults tend not to do things on their own, I agree an adult man on his own may worry me, but it is sad people aren’t thinkin this through x