Disabled woman wins £2,000 for injury to feelings

A disabled woman who suffered discrimination on a disability awareness course run by Liverpool City Council has been given £2,000 for injury to feelings in an out of court settlement.

In 2003, Walker, who was a youth worker for Merseyside Youth Association, attended a two-day training course run by Liverpool City Council.

On the first day of the course, Walker, who uses a colostomy bag, was forced to tell fellow delegates about her condition when she discovered she could not change her colostomy bag in a nearby toilet because there was no sanitary disposal box. She was then obliged to search the building for a sanitary disposal unit, but none was found.

Bert Massie, chairman of the Disability Rights Commission, said the settlement provided a strong reminder that the rights of disabled people go beyond just physical access to buildings, and included ensuring people with long-term health conditions can participate equally in services and training.

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