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Not sure if I am allowed to name names of the offending parties, but a national chain of hearing aid providers here in the UK has a special club you can join to get hearing aid batteries for half price. How do you order your batteries? Why, over the phone, of course. Buckets of fail.
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I am getting tired of the number of places you have to be hearing in order to be mobility disabled. You can't possibly be both. And the fact that the equalities people who deal with enforcement of disability legislation (when it suits them!) are still ACTIVELY advocating the use of push-button intercoms as an adjustment. Places I can't use:

*Local college where my daughter goes to nursery - used to have push button for wheelchair access door, but becuase (shock and horror) non-wheelies sometimes pressed the button, they locked it up and you now have to press an intercom and wait, usually gesticulating wildly that the noise they are trying to locate is the door intercom.

*University library - epic fail! During renovations work the library got a temporary lift because entry was due to be on the second floor. All well and good, but to use it you had to press the button and (as informed by the notices hung around the lift) "be prepared to wait up to 20 minutes" for someone to come out and insert a key into the lift so you could use it. Yes, 20 minutes to go "there you go" with a book return, on your way to a lecture, or to return a 1-hour loan book that has overdue fines by the *minute*. And nowhere to sit if you don't have a wheelchair, and no cover so you are out in the snow. Not great when you are less than mobile. They also closed the disabled parking spaces, and alternative parking is over 500m across badly maintained cobbles. And that is if I could actually hear them when I pressed the intercom.

*Local hospital - for free disabled parking push the button and read out your badge number when prompted.

*Other far away hospital I have to use due to poor access at local departments - push-button to enter disabled parking area for - wait for this, it's good - the hearing aid clinic!!

*If you become trapped in this lift press the button and you will be able to talk to the Otis (etc.) control centre - great, thanks. So nobody *inside* the building will know I am in here so not to lock the main doors and go home, and I am stuck shouting "I am deaf and stuck in lift number 808-A/224" for the next n hours.

*University student union building - press button if you need help to use the lift. Well, I don't need help to use the lift, actually, I just need you to put in a key. How difficult would it be to let us each have a f'ing key on a deposit?

*If your hearing aid breaks you have to phone an answerphone to arrange a repair. OK, nothing to do with wheelchairs, but just ironic that if you have a broken hearing aid you have to be able to use the telephone to inform them you have a broken hearing aid.

And many more I long since forgot.



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