It’s quite often we look past all of the stuff we take for granted in life. Whether it’s your house, family, your car and more, and sometimes forget the good in every-day.
A story came to our attention only this morning about a young man called Alex Paylor who had recorded a documentary with global channel BBC, in order to raise awareness for disability access in clubs in Ibiza and of course to show how much of an awesome character he really is and his love for clubbing in general. He’s been diagnosed with
In saying that, we’re gonna summarise exactly what happened on his travels to the White Isle!
As Alex arrived on the Island and set out to some of the clubs, his access to some clubs in Ibiza was just confusing in general for Alex and the door staff. With most of them not knowing what do in the situation, Alex simply wanted to access the club with him and his carer and not having the carer to pay for an extra ticket as it’s a necessity for him.
Fast forward a few hours, Alex approached another nightclub but this time the added extra costs for his carer isn’t the issue, but gaining access to the club. Being directed through a side entrance to the club, Alex found himself met with a stairs eventually. He described the experience as “Unnecessarily secretive – as if my access needs were a dark source of shame.”
In another one of the clubs, the disabled toilet seemed to be turned into a mini staff room for all of the staff on their breaks, equipped with a microwave, fridge etc. It’s another clear sign of how little the room has actually been used.
Along-side that, another club didn’t have any access rails for Alex to help him go toilet.
A positive note though that Alex gets a lot
“You’re such an inspiration,” I’ve Travelling by one
Other comments include “I respect you so much,
well donelad”, “Can I get a selfie?” or “I understand what it’s like, I broke my little toe last year”.
Now, he doesn’t mind the compliments, but he sometimes thinks when will this all wear off and people will just go about their normal night without even batting an eye lid!
Deep down, I do wonder – when will this end? When will I stop being something out of the ordinary just for being on the dancefloor?
Probably when access is improved so more disabled clubbers feel welcome and included.
All and all though, Alex is the same every other clubber in a room. All there for the right reasons to dance, enjoy the music and just escape reality for those few hours.
He always talks about how ‘Attitude is everything’ and with that we want to extend our love and gratitude to this amazing man.