This is me at Wembley stadium yesterday watching the England vs Czechoslovakia game, I look happy here, I had a great time watching the match and I enjoy the atmosphere but I've got to be honest from a disability perspective, it's so difficult to negotiate @wembleystadium firstly it's difficult as a wheelchair user to find safe routes around the fans, it would be really good if they could create wheelchair zones for people to navigate the stadium. Also when purchasing food, it's extremely difficult to get noticed, they have several specially designed food courts, with many narrow gates where fans can purchase items, but they only seem to have one or two wider wheelchair gates, which is usually right at the end, and out of vision of the staff. After 5 minutes of painfully waving frantically, I finally got noticed and served. However, when purchasing hot drinks, to get milk, sugar etc I have to make my way to another section for condiments, which is full of people and everything is up high out of reach. These stations are unreasonable for disabled people.
Then, there's my autism - as you can imagine 80,000 fans in one Stadium, it's an exciting place to be. Again, I love it. But, there is no awareness for people with sensory problems. For a stadium of this size, I hope for more quiet areas for adults, and not just children. I was getting do anxious when trying to carve out a pathway for my wheelchair to get through especially increased because of my autism. When approaching the many staff members, who do want to help, I find myself feeling more vulnerable as they look on at my struggles, the many staff members who listened to me felt powerless to help, because they even admitted that they understood my difficulties but couldn't do anything to help.
This is just a small snippet of my struggles yesterday, again, don't get me wrong, I had a great time, but it's so challenging to do things, that others take for granted.
please can you help people like myself, to enjoy the whole experience.
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