Memorandum Monday

Monday has rolled around again, and that means it’s time to
join in with the lovely Sian and
 share something that I’ve learnt over the weekend.
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The term inclusive doesn’t always mean that it is.
The gym where I am a member is also the place where 
The Boy Child has his weekly swimming lesson.
Officially, now that he is 9-years-old, he is not allowed in the female changing rooms.
Which is fine, if The Brainy One accompanies him to his lesson.
But on those days when he is unavailable, where is The Boy Child supposed to go?
Autism precludes The Boy Child from changing into his swim kit, securing his belongings, not losing the locker key, drying himself properly, and repacking his bag without supervision.
  There are no disabled facilities in the gym and the Swim Manager says that she has never been asked that question before. 

You can see what Sian discovered over the weekend here

9 thoughts on “Memorandum Monday

  1. Oh my goodness, some serious lack of thought and planning on,their part :(. I like Bernice's suggestions. Or,just go ahead and do what you have always done – is anyone likely to know his age? Or mind?

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  2. Bernice and Alexa have good ideas. To be honest, I wouldn't have trusted my son at 9 to do all that himself, it seems a very low age limit. Maybe once they get to secondary school age it would be a sensible time. As Alexa says, who's to know his exact age? And I know for a fact that if I were a parent of a girl having lessons, I would have no issue with a young boy being there. Stupid rules like this make me so cross.

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  3. For this and many other reasons, I think all public places need to have at least one family bathroom in addition to the mens and ladies. I hope you find a solution.

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  4. I agree with Sian this has got to be illegal. No disabled facilities? I don't have boys but I am really not sure I would have let my 9 year old in men's changing rooms on his own. For a start you never know who might be lurking or am I just of a suspicious nature?

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